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More than 50 floral tributes now line the scene of a crash where four members of the same family lost their lives.

Tributes and messages continue to pour in, following the death of the men in the early hours of Sunday morning after their Toyota Hi Lux hit a tree in Lenham Road, just outside Headcorn.

More than 50 floral tributes line Lenham Road, the scene of a crash which claimed four lives on Sunday, October 10
More than 50 floral tributes line Lenham Road, the scene of a crash which claimed four lives on Sunday, October 10

Johnny Cash, 44, and his son Johnboy Cash, 19, died in the collision, as well as 'Smiler' Cash, 25, and Jacko Cosgrove, 18. A 15-year-old who was in the vehicle is fighting for his life in hospital.

Earlier this week, family members laid flowers at the scene of the crash and paid tributes to the victims, along with colleagues and friends.

One relative describing them as "all lovely men", adding: "So many have been hurt at once."

Jacko had recently learned his wife was expecting and Johnboy had become a dad six weeks ago.

Now, the floral tributes have grown to more than 50, lining a verge on Lenham Road.

The victims of the crash, from L-R: Johnboy Cash, 'Smiler' Cash, Jacko Cosgrove and Jonny Cash
The victims of the crash, from L-R: Johnboy Cash, 'Smiler' Cash, Jacko Cosgrove and Jonny Cash

A large plastic container of holy water lies under a tree where Jacko's name has been carved into the trunk.

One tribute is from Broad Oak Paving, where Johnny worked.

It reads: “Words cannot describe the loss we are suffering. Great men will be missed by everybody. Rest peacefully. From the Broad Oak Paving Team.”

Johnny and Johnboy were regular visitors to Rumble’s Boxing Academy in Sittingbourne.

Paying tribute today, boss Charlie Rumble said: “This is heartbreaking and a terrible tragedy.

More than 50 floral tributes line Lenham Road, the scene of a crash which claimed four lives on Sunday, October 10
More than 50 floral tributes line Lenham Road, the scene of a crash which claimed four lives on Sunday, October 10

"Big John was a lovely fella and a gentleman. He only rang me on Saturday to arrange to come to the gym for some fitness training.

“This is absolutely devastating especially when you lose a father and a son.”

The men had been on their way to watch the heavyweight clash between Tyson ‘Gypsy King’ Fury and Deontay Wilder when the crash happened just before 1am.

The crash which claimed four lives was not the first time there has been a fatality on Lenham Road.

More than 50 floral tributes line Lenham Road, the scene of a crash which claimed four lives on Sunday, October 10
More than 50 floral tributes line Lenham Road, the scene of a crash which claimed four lives on Sunday, October 10

In 2008, a car and lorry collided with the car hitting a telegraph pole.

The vehicles had been travelling on different sides of the road when the crash happened nearer to Grafty Green than Headcorn.

A man died, with two children under 10 suffering slight injuries. The weather was described as “fine without high winds”.

Since 2017 there have been three serious crashes on Lenham Road, with five casualties.

Commenting on Sunday's tragedy Cllr Martin Round, ward member for Headcorn on Maidstone Borough Council, said the route was known as a very dangerous road.

Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, added: “News of this crash is horrendous and shocking. My deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of the young men who have lost their lives.

“This is just so unbelievably sad. I know people in Headcorn will be deeply shocked by what has happened. Thank you to the emergency services and everyone involved in responding.”

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