Three people were killed in a car crash at Hatton Cross involving a van and a car earlier this morning.

The collision is believed to have happened when the car tried to make a turn in the road on the A30 Great South West Road close to Hatton Cross tube station.

There were four passengers in the car at the time of the accident. Three of them were killed.

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Two of the car passengers, two men, died at the scene.

The driver, a woman, was seriously injured and taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead while the fourth occupant of the car is recovering in a South London hospital but is not believed to be seriously injured.

The driver of the van escaped injury.

The Road Death Investigation Unit are looking into the case, however, no arrests have yet been made.

According to the Department Of Transport, there were a total of 222,146 reported road casualties of all severities reported in 2009.

Out of those 2,222 people were killed, 12 per cent lower than in 2008; 24,690 were seriously injured (down 5 per cent); and 195,234 were slightly injured (down 4 per cent).

The data for 2010 road accidents is yet to be released.