INQUESTS have opened into the deaths of two men who died after the car they were in crashed into a tree in Delph.

Karl Edward Young, 34 and Reiss Jarvis, 21, were both travelling in a Mazda 3 being driven by Mr Young on November 10 when the fatal collision took place on Huddersfield Road.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Mr Jarvis, a bar manager from Beech Street, Oldham, died at the scene while Mr Young, a chef from Beckett Street, Lees, was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital, where he later died.

Inquests into the two deaths were opened by assistant coroner Michael Salt at Rochdale Coroner’s Court on Tuesday.

During the two short hearings, police coroner’s officer Jane Scullion explained that “the vehicle lost traction on the road”, hit the “strong” tree and rolled down “into a grass field”.

She also said both men were understood to have died of “multiple injuries” sustained in the crash.

Mr Salt said Mr Young’s death was “clearly an unnatural death” and was satisfied the circumstances of the two deaths required full openings.

Tributes were paid to both men following their deaths earlier this month.

In a statement, Mr Young’s family said: “Karl was one of life’s truly lovely and genuine people.

“He was kind, gentle and loved by so many.

“He was a lifelong Oldham Athletic fan, and keen sports enthusiast, who loved to travel and led a full life surrounded by a large family and many friends.

“Losing him is unbearable and has left a huge void in our lives.

“Our hearts are broken and our lives will never be the same but we had the absolute pleasure and honour of being part of his life and sharing so many happy times together.

“That is our only comfort at this dark time.”

Mr Jarvis’ dad Darryl and step-mother Rachel paid their respects to him in a statement, saying: “Reiss was very popular with all his friends and customers at his workplace.

“He was always smiling and loved acting and music.

“We both loved him dearly and are totally heartbroken, love from Dad and Rachel.”

Mr Jarvis was a budding actor who had appeared in BBC film Murdered for Being Different in 2017.

His girlfriend Olivia said: “The love of my life, the most amazing person has been took from me forever and I’m never going to have your arms round me again.

“The day I met Reiss, he was the brightest (star), now he’s going to shine so bright up there I only wish I was with him.”

Both full inquests will take place in May next year.