THE lives of two young Cornishmen are being mourned after a horrific crash on the A30 on Sunday evening.
The victims have not been formally identified, but police confirmed they were local, and they have been named on social media sites and in floral tributes at the scene as Lee 'Fattz' Harrington and 'Caveman'.
They were driving in a silver Citroën Saxo which was in collision with a lorry at 9.50pm.
Both men are believed to have links to Hayle and Penzance.
The driver of the lorry suffered minor cuts and bruises.
Firefighters wearing breathing equipment used hose jets to bring a fierce blaze under control.
Both lanes of the A30 were closed for about 15 hours while investigations took place.
Pensioner Brian Young, who lives in the bungalow next to where the accident took place at Crowlas said he was shaken by a massive blast.
"I thought a landmine had gone off – it sounded like World War Three had started," he said.
"The sky suddenly started going light and I could see huge flames as high as the tree opposite my house (20 to 30ft) – it was horrendous."
The following morning firefighters were still damping down the area.
Inspector Jean Phillips, from Penzance police, added: "My thoughts are with the families and friends of the deceased but also with the emergency crews because of the traumatic nature of the incident."
Flowers have been left at the scene and tributes on Facebook include: "RIP Caveman and Fat Boy. Going to be missed dearly. In tears reading this, forever in the hearts of so many. Caveman x – Chelsea Catlow"; "Heaven, yet again, gains two very special boys gone far far too soon, all our love and wishes to you all xxxx – Mand Griffey"; and "This is a great loss such a good geezer RIP – Alam Qurashi."
The cause of the accident has not been determined.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen either vehicle driving shortly before the collision to contact police on 101 quoting reference 904 of August 18.