TWO teenagers from Wrexham have died following a car crash in Australia.

They have been named as Joshua Bowen, 19, from Bronington, and Richard Tennant, 19, from Marchwiel.

Trainee chef Richard died instantly when his car smashed into trees at around 12.30pm last Friday at Wamuran near Brisbane.

Joshua died later at Royal Brisbane Hospital in Queensland.

A third man in the car, a 26-year-old believed to be from the Wrexham area but now living in East London, was taken to hospital for treatment. His name has not been released.

The men were on working visas when their vehicle left the road and hit three trees.

Both Richard and Joshua were students at The Maelor School, Penley.

Headmaster Eiddwyn Hall said the pair had left after their A-levels last summer.

He added: “It is devastating. The loss of any student is terrible – people are stunned.

“They were both very likeable students and enjoyed school life to the full.”

Counselling is being offered to pupils affected by the news.

He added: “Richard did well in school drama productions and was intending to be a chef. Joshua has been accepted at a college of veterinary science in Edinburgh. He had worked at local veterinary surgeries to gain experience.”

Richard worked at the Cross Foxes pub in Erbistock for about two and a half years before he left for Australia.

Sarah Shaw, a supervisor at the pub, said: “We are all devastated. Richard was absolutely ace, he had not got a bad bone in his body.”

The Foreign Office has confirmed it is liaising with the men’s families and offering them assistance.