The devastated headteacher of Bedale High School, which had been attended by the three teenagers who lost their lives in a horrific crash on the B6268 Masham Road, has paid tribute to his former students.

Tom Kelly said the school is rallying around to try and offer as much help and support to the families of the three youngsters as they can.

The three teenagers, one aged 17 and two 18 year olds were passengers in an Alfa Romeo car which crashed nearly 100 yards from the Thornton Watlass crossroads on the road from Bedale to Masham around 11pm on Friday, July 29.

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The 18-year-old driver of the car is in hospital with critical injuries.

Two of the youngsters have been named locally as Aaron Bell and Louis Banks who were from the Masham area.

The third teenager, who has not yet been named, has also been remembered by Mr Kelly - who described all three boys as "well-liked".

The Northern Echo: The crash site on Masham Road on Saturday (July 30). Picture: PATRICK GOULDSBROUGHThe crash site on Masham Road on Saturday (July 30). Picture: PATRICK GOULDSBROUGH

He said: “The tragic accident last Friday has been devastating for our community, across our school and beyond into the wider local area.

“The three boys who lost their lives are very well remembered by staff and students at the school.

"They were happy boys, heavily involved in wider school life, and well liked by all.

The Northern Echo: Aaron Bell. Picture: WENSLEYDALE RUFCAaron Bell. Picture: WENSLEYDALE RUFC

“Staff and students at school are sharing memories of the boys, trying to cherish the joy they brought to life at school as we mourn their loss.

“We are a small, rural community and we work closely with our families.

"This community always comes together in times of hardship, and we are already working to help and support the boys’ families and each other, as we try to come to terms with this loss.”

The Northern Echo: A rugby team shot containing Aaron and Louis. Picture: WENSLEYDALE RUFCA rugby team shot containing Aaron and Louis. Picture: WENSLEYDALE RUFC

The school is currently closed for the summer holidays.

North Yorkshire police said investigations into the crash, which is not thought to have involved any other vehicle, are continuing and they have appealed for information.

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