'Brothers' aged 20 and 24 killed in crash after car ploughed through barrier and plunged into river

TWO men believed to be brothers have died after their car ploughed through a crash barrier and plunged into a river.

Floral tributes have been left by shocked family and friends as they visited the devastating scene by the River Don, near the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police investigated through the night and into this afternoon.

A painstaking investigation has centred on the overpass of the River Don where the car ploughed through the metal barrier on Saturday night.

Emergency workers were on the scene in minutes and tried desperately to rescue the two men from the wreckage. But the two men were pronounced dead a short time later.

Police accident investigators worked through the night in an attempt to piece together the victims’ final tragic moments.

South Yorkshire Police said: “At 7.10pm last night (30 January) police received reports that a vehicle had entered the river off Meadowhall Way in Sheffield.

"Two men aged 20 and 24 were taken to Northern General Hospital, where they were sadly pronounced dead.

"Family members have been informed and are being supported by specially trained police officers.

Meadowhall Way was closed and remains closed today while enquiries continue.

“The vehicle involved in this incident was not being pursued or followed by the police.

It was a very distressing incident for all involved.

"All emergency services were at the scene within minutes and entered the water to help.”

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