The four men, aged 18, 19, 19, and 21, were pronounced dead at the scene in Horsforth, Leeds, with another two teen girls rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Witnesses have described the horrific scenes that unfolded, saying they had seen a young girl crawling out of the wreckage after the 2.40am.
Pregnant Steph Callaghan, 31, told The Daily Mail: "There was a screech of tyres and a big explosion of noise. The crash was so bad you could not make out how many cars were involved. It was just a mess of metal.
"I saw a young female crawl out of the wreckage."
It is understood a firefighter called to the scene found his daughter injured in the crash.
Steph said that soon after the crash, she saw a woman arrive at the scene, screaming "where is she?"
Plasterer Allan Vickers, 39, added: "It was absolute chaos and carnage.
"The two cars were totally destroyed."
He said a doctor who lived near the crash ran out to help, but those killed in the crash were "beyond hope".
Another local told Yorkshire Evening Post the crash "sounded like an explosion".
Initial indications suggest the grey Seat Leon car the youngsters were in was travelling "at speed" at the time of the crash about 2.40am.
Police confirmed the driver of the private hire taxi, a 42-year of man from Bradford, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The 16-year-old girl injured in the crash remains in a critical condition.
The 17-year-old's injuries are not considered life threatening.
Witnesses have since recounted hearing the "explosion" when the two cars collided.
Police have now launched an investigation, closing off the road as they scoured the scene for clues.
Investigators believe the Leon had been travelling in the direction of Weetwood and the Alhambra was heading in the opposite direction when the crash unfolded on Broadway, near to the junction with Bank Gardens in Horsforth.
Sergeant Fiona Hoodless, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “This is a very tragic incident where four young men have lost their lives and three other people are in hospital with serious injuries.
“The families of those involved are devastated by what has happened and we are doing everything we can to support them at this very difficult time.
“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and that investigation is still at a very early stage.
"Early indications are that the Leon was travelling at speed at the time of the collision."
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the horror crash to come forward, including anyone with dashcam footage.
Sgt Fiona Hoodless said: "We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision itself or saw the circumstances leading up to it.
"We are also keen to speak to anyone who saw the silver Seat Leon being driven in the area at any point prior to the collision, particularly anyone with dashcam footage that could assist the investigation."
Chief Inspector Richard Padwell, of Leeds District Police, said: “The deaths of four young people in these circumstances is clearly very tragic and our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone affected by it.
“We don’t underestimate the impact that the deaths of these young people will be having in the community and we would ask that people focus on supporting each other and supporting the police investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked contact West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting log number 266 of Saturday, June 30.
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