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It was an early morning crash that killed three men and left two West Cumbrian communities stunned.
Today, the high speed of one of the cars has been blamed for the collision between Maryport and Aspatria last October.
In one car, volunteer firefighter Michael Harrison from Aspatria. In the other car, 18-year-old passenger Todd Ridley and driver, 22-year old-Jamie Edmonson, both from Maryport.
All three died at the scene. Hannah McNulty reports.
A coroner has concluded high speed was a factor in a crash that killed three men.
Driver 22-year-old Jamie Edmonson, his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley and another driver, 47-year-old Michael Harrison, died in the two vehicle at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.
Another driver told the inquest in Cockermouth he was overtaken by Jamie Edmonson's car at speeds of up to 80-miles-per-hour. He then lost control and went into the path of Michael Harrison's vehicle. Harrison, a father of two from Aspatria had no time to avoid a collision.
Traces of cannabis and two non-prescribed drugs were found in Jamie Edmonson's system but Assistant Coroner Simon Ward concluded they weren't a major factor. He concluded he'd overtaken across double white lines at excessive speed and recorded three verdicts of death by road traffic collision.
A police officer has described the scene of a crash in which three men died as the worst she had ever seen in her career.
Drivers 47-year-old Michael Harrison from Aspatria, 22-year-old Jamie Lee Edmonson and his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley who were from Maryport, all died when their vehicles collided on the A596 at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.
PC Jill Robertson was one of the first on the scene, and told the inquest into their deaths it was "carnage" and "it would have been a miracle if anyone had survived."
She described one of the cars as resembling one "you'd see in a scrapyard" and the damage was so bad she and her colleague were unable to tell the makes and models of the vehicles.
The inquest continues.