In a catastrophic fireball smash on the A5 in Bedfordshire, a man was killed and three others were killed.

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A MAN and three others have died after a car crashed and burst into flames in a field on Sunday.

The serious single-vehicle crash happened on the A5 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, shortly before 4am.

Bedfordshire Police confirmed that a man and three other people who were travelling in the car have died.

The force has since launched Operation Loddon to establish who else was involved.

According to police, firefighters and officers have been working hard at the scene to recover those who died in the collision.

The highly complex recovery began on Sunday and will continue into Tuesday.

But police have urged locals not to speculate on the investigation.

Acting Sergeant David Burstow, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are doing our work in a dignified and meticulous manner in order to establish what happened in this tragic, awful incident.

“We believe there were four people in the car who sadly died in the collision.”

He went on to say that specially trained officers had spoken to the families of the victims and had offered them support.

A forensic identification is yet to take place.

“While we believe no other vehicles were involved, our investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Mr Burstow said.

“At this point, we are keen to reiterate the requests of the families involved not to speculate on social media, but I would appreciate any information from witnesses or anyone else who may be able to assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information or that may have dashcam or CCTV footage that could help the ongoing enquiries is asked to contact Bedfordshire Police via Bedfordshire.police.uk/report or call 101, quoting Operation Loddon.

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