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Three People Killed In Cardiff Car Crash Died At The Scene, Inquest Hears

Three people killed in a car crash in Cardiff that left two others badly injured were declared dead at the scene, an inquest has heard.

Rafel Jeanne, 24, and 21-year-olds Eve Smith and Darcy Ross died in the collision on the A48(M) near the St Mellons area of the city.

The hearing also heard that the victims were identified by their families.

Sophie Russon, 20, and Shane Loughlin, 32, were badly injured and remain in a critical condition in hospital.

Image: Shane Loughlin and Sophie Russon All five were discovered on 6 March – 46 hours after the crash happened at 2.03am on Saturday, 4 March.

Post-mortems carried out at University Hospital Wales on the three bodies did not provide a provisional cause of death pending further investigation into histology and toxicology.

Image: A map showing the locations the group were known to have visited before the crash Gwent Police and South Wales Police are under investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after criticism over the length of time it took to find the group.

The sister of one of the victims said she was “disappointed” with police, saying detectives “should have acted straight away”.

Assistant coroner David Regan adjourned the three inquests pending further investigation in Pontypridd, south Wales, today. A date for the inquests has not been set.

The coroner added: “I extend my condolences to the families of Mr Jeanne, Ms Smith and Ms Ross.”

Image: Flowers and tributes and the scene of the crash The group had been on a night out to The Muffler social club in Maesglas, Newport on Friday 3 March before they travelled just under 40 miles to Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl.

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The group spent some time in one of the caravans on site. The five were last seen at about 2am in the Pentwyn area of Cardiff having dropped off a sixth passenger.

Image: The scene of the crash

Image: People lay flowers near the scene Family members of the victims reported them missing on Saturday evening after they failed to return home.

But Gwent Police did not issue an appeal to find them until 11pm on Sunday – more than 27 hours after they were first reported missing.

The group and the Volkswagen Tiguan they were driving was found just after midnight on Monday.

The car had veered off a slip road approaching a roundabout and ended up surrounded by trees and shielded from the view of other motorists, nearby houses and a garden centre.