COEDPOETH residents are mourning the loss of a young dad who has died in a fatal car crash aged just 25.
James Phillip Wantling, of Coedpoeth, and Andrew Mark Tilston, 36, of Pipers Lane, Heswall, Wirral were declared dead at the scene of the crash on the A5104 between Rhydtalog and Llandegla on Wednesday, May 4.
A female witness has told how she watched helplessly as the two men died when their cars burst into flames after the head-on smash.
The cars turned into fireballs in front of her, one after the other.
Mr Wantling, who was driving a blue Subaru, lived with his partner and toddler daughter.
Witness Sue Jones, 42, was on her way from dance classes in Mold to her home in Bryneglwys, when she was overtaken by a Volvo, driven by Mr Tilston, shortly after the traffic lights at Rhyd-talog.
'He got to the top of the hill and had just gone around a right-hand bend. When I got to the top I saw him. He was in the middle of the road and he was just landing back on his wheels.
'I braked hard and skidded to avoid the Volvo and at that stage I had not even seen the Subaru. I didn't see any impact.'
Sue, a newspaper advertising saleswoman, got out of her car and telephoned for the ambulance service on her mobile.
She said: 'There were no lights up there and I did not notice the Subaru, but then it just sparked and went up in flames.'
Sue noticed that petrol coming out of the Volvo was heading towards her car. She hurriedly reversed it out of the way when the Volvo, too, went up in flames.
'There was nothing I could do. I couldn't get to the cars before they went on fire,' she added.
An ambulance controller kept talking to Sue throughout the incident, while she tried to alert any oncoming traffic. Within a few minutes a taxi driver stopped and approached the burning cars.
He shouted in case anyone had managed to get out and was crawling about in the dark.
When it was obvious nothing more could be done, he left. Police are anxious that he comes forward to help them with their inquiries.
Four ambulances arrived on the scene, along with two fire appliances and police.
The road surface and grass verge at the scene were badly scorched by the burning vehicles.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 0845 607 1001.