Two teenagers have been killed in a three-vehicle crash, police have said.
The pair, both believed to be 17 years old, were pronounced dead at the scene near Thirsk, North Yorkshire Police said.
Officers were called to reports of a collision involving a Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa and a Volkswagen Bora at 21:25 GMT on Wednesday.
Seven others, including two children, were taken to hospital after the crash, the force said.
A stretch of the A61 between Busby Stoop and Carlton Miniott remains closed.
Detectives have appealed for witnesses, or motorists with dashcams who were travelling in the area at the time, to come forward.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed the deaths on Twitter.
While the force’s collision unit said it was carrying out investigations at the scene.