Corowa is mourning the loss of two young lives following a car crash in the township on Sunday night.
Bradley Potts, of Corowa, and Brent Coutts, most recently of Ascot Vale, both 24, died after the BMW they were driving struck an earthen barrier at the intersection of Cadell and River streets, South Corowa on Sunday night, rolled and caught fire.
Police say extreme speed – up to or above 150kmh – is likely the cause behind the crash as the vehicle became airborne, travelled 70m and landed on a garden shed.
An investigation is continuing by officers from Murray River Police District.
The accident happened about 6.45pm and nearby residents were able to drag Mr Potts from the burning car before it was fully engulfed. He was taken to Corowa Hospital but died a short time later. Mr Coutts died at the scene.
Police have not revealed who was driving.
Neighbours had called police concerned at the speeds the BMW had been travelling.
Fire and Rescue NSW Corowa Station Commander Lindsay Bush said it was a “horrific scene” with several locals on scene when rescue and SES crews arrived.
“It was a horrific scene to go to,” he said.
“We haven’t seen a crash to that extent in a built-up area (in the Corowa district) before.
“It’s pretty tough for everyone involved.”
Police praised the efforts of bystanders to rescue the men. Rescue crews were at the scene until around 1am.
Police said the earthen barrier, which blocks off the southern end of River Street and the turn into Cadell Street, was the scene of another car accident about two years ago.
Anyone with information about Sunday’s crash is urged to contact Albury Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.