Dramatic picture shows Jlloyd Samuel's car engulfed in flames seconds after fatal crash

By Mirror: Wednesday, May 16th 2018 at 08:55 GMT +3 | Football
Jlloyd Samuel's car was engulfed in flames [Photo: Courtesy]

These pictures show the shocking aftermath of the crash which killed former footballer Jlloyd Samuel.

The former Astonal Villa and Bolton defender, 37, had dropped his children at school at 7.55am on Tuesday when his 4x4 he was driving collided with a van at High Legh, near Warrington.

Samuel's car was engulfed in flames and the emergency services were unable to save him.

The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

A view of the scene after the crash [Photo: Courtesy]

Our picture shows the scene moments after the crash and just minutes before the police, ambulance service and fire engines arirved.

Several motorists stopped by the roadside but were unable to rescue the stricken Samuel.

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Samuel was born in Trinidad before moving to England where he represented London Schoolboys teams.

The emergency services were quickly on the scene [Photo: Courtesy]

He played youth football for Charlton before joining Aston Villa, where he made 199 appearances between 1999 and 2007.

Samuel was capped by England from Under-18 to Under-21 level and was an unused substitute for a senior international against Sweden in 2004.

He attempted to switch international allegiance before Trinidad and Tobago played at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The accident happened just before 8am at High Legh, Near Warrington [Photo: Courtesy]

Although his application was rejected by FIFA because he was over 21 at the time, he represented Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 and won two caps.

Samuel also played for Bolton and had loan spells at Gillingham and Cardiff before ending his playing career in Iran in 2015.

Tributes flooded in after Samuel's death was announced with Manchester United's Ashley Young, a former Villa team-mate, tweeting: "Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of Jlloyd Samuel.

"Took me under his wing when I joined Villa and helped me settle.

Samuel spent nine years with Aston Villa [Photo: Courtesy]

"Such a good guy on and off the pitch and a truly good friend. Condolences to Emma, his kids and the Samuel family. RIP J"

Another former Villa player, Stan Collymore, added: "Devastating news about J Lloyd Samuel. Was a fantastic young pro @AVFCOfficial and I know many at our club will be truly distraught today.

"I know our club will honour him tonight and remainder of the season. Rest in peace Jay."

Villa announced black armbands would be worn in respect of Samuel at their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former player Jlloyd Samuel at the age of just 37 in a car accident," Villa said on their official Twitter account.

The defender also played for Bolton [Photo: Courtesy]

"Our players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect tonight and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this very difficult time."

Bolton, Cardiff and Gillingham were among the many clubs to pay tribute to Samuel, while the official England Twitter account also expressed their sadness at the news.

"Jlloyd played for the #YoungLions at U18, U20 and U21 levels, and was called up to the senior squad in 2004. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all who knew him."

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