Second man dies after South Yorkshire crash

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A second man has died following a collision in Barnsley which had already claimed the life of an 18-year-old soldier.

Police revealed today that a 25-year-old man injured in the collision on Engine Lane, Barnsley, on Sunday, died this morning.

No other details have yet been revealed.

Josh Powell, 18, of Park Avenue, Grimethorpe, died at the scene of the collision when the silver Peugeot 206 he and the 25-year- old were in ran out of control on a left hand bend and careered into the front of a house.

Police said it is still ‘unclear’ who was driving the vehicle at the time.

Today tributes have been paid to Mr Powell, who was in the Army’s Light Dragoons.

Lieutenant Colonel Sam Plant, Commanding Officer of The Light Dragoons, said: “It was with great sadness that we learnt of Trooper Powell’s untimely death in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“He joined the Army in September 2011 and after completing Phase 2 training, he arrived at Robertson Barracks to join The Light Dragoons. He was a member of 1st Troop, C Squadron that was busy preparing to deploy to Canada later in the year.

“In the short time that he has spent with the Regiment, he demonstrated real potential.

“He was engaging, enthusiastic and eager to learn. Equally, he was quick to establish a network of close friends and it was clear to me that he was a real team player.

“His death is felt deeply across the length and breadth of the regimental family but our pain is nothing compared to that of his family. Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”

Lieutenant Edward Scrope, 1st Troop Leader of C Squadron, added: “Though Trooper Powell had only recently arrived at The Light Dragoons he made a fantastic start to what promised to be a long and successful career.

”His outgoing and selfless nature immediately made him an integral member of his Troop.

“As well as his love of football he was strongly committed to both his friends and his family. He took every opportunity to spend time with them and this showed in the way that he approached his work; as a team player, always willing to help out and support his mates.

“The Regiment is deeply saddened by the loss of such a promising young soldier.”

Trooper Dominic Hill said: “Trooper Powell was a true family man, he would have done anything to get home to see his mum and dad.

“Josh is one of the closest mates I have. He always managed to keep up morale at the toughest of times, at work or back in Barnsley.

“I’ve never met a more liked person than Trooper Powell, always a joker. Truly missed and never forgotten, miss you mate.”

Trooper Kyran Pearce added: “Trooper Powell was a lad that was one of a kind, he was always inspired to be successful and was willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

“He was always laughing and joking and making a joke at the toughest of times. He was a massive family man and took every chance he got to be at home with his family. He will be missed by the lads at work and won’t ever be forgotten. RIP mate.”

Trooper Craig Rennison said: “Josh was a good lad and we had a good laugh going up and down to camp. He couldn’t be faulted.

“He wasn’t quiet or shy and he always grafted, even when he didn’t want to he knew he had to. He always loved a good munch, seeing as his locker was packed full of biscuits and food.”

Trooper Luke Molics added: “Trooper Powell was one of the best lads I have ever met.

“He always put his friends and family before himself. Whenever people were feeling down he would put a smile back on their faces.

“He was a sound lad, both at work and back home, there is nobody that can replace him, he was one of a kind.

“I enjoyed going out drinking with him as he always made me laugh and we enjoyed talking about cars. I will never meet such a sound lad as him. He will always be missed by many. RIP mate, always be with us in spirit.”

Anyone who saw the car before it crashed should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.