Barnsley teen soldier dies in road collision

Fatal Accident site on Engine Lane,on the road from Shafton to Grimethorpe,Barnsley
Fatal Accident site on Engine Lane,on the road from Shafton to Grimethorpe,Barnsley

A teenage soldier has been killed after the car in which he was travelling careered off a road and into the front of a house in South Yorkshire.

Josh Powell, aged 18, in the Army’s Light Dragoons, died after a speeding silver Peugeot 306 convertible hit a streetlamp, then veered into a garden wall and home.

A 25-year-old man also in the car suffered ‘critical injuries’ in the crash on Engine Lane, Shafton, Barnsley, at 3.15am yesterday. He remains in Barnsley Hospital.

Friends flooded Facebook with tributes to former Willowgarth High School pupil Josh, of Park Avenue, Grimethorpe.

Pal Jamie Bailey wrote: “Still not getting to grips with what’s happened. My thoughts go out to all Josh’s family. I loved you when you were around and I love you more so now. Always my boy and always will be. RIP Powelly. Never forget about you bro. Love you.”

Kirsty Hemingway wrote: “RIP Josh, still got a lump in my throat, still telling myself it’s not true.”

Fellow soldier Dylan Himsworth wrote: “RIP Josh Powell, good mate and a good solider, never forgotten.”

Friend Katie-Leigh Diggins said: “RIP Josh, thinking of your family and close friends at this sad time. Only the good die young.”

South Yorkshire Police said it is not yet known which of the men was driving the car, which police said was thought to have been travelling ‘in excess of the speed limit’ as it rounded a left-hand bend.

The owner of the house was unharmed, but the property suffered extensive damage.

Bouquets of flowers were laid near the scene yesterday. A card on one read: “RIP Josh, impossible to forget a personality like yours.”

Emergency crews closed the road and worked for seven hours to clear the debris.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 218 of May 19.