TWO men died after their car crashed on a sharp bend on a stretch of open moorland road.
The collision occurred on Holmfirth Road at 4.30am yesterday.
The road, at its junction with Wessenden Head Road, was temporarily closed yesterday while police worked at the scene.
The pair have not yet been named but are believed to come from Stockport in Greater Manchester.
They had been travelling over the border into Greater Manchester from Holmfirth.
Police traffic officer Pc Andy Fitzpatrick said: “I believe the car was coming round the first right-hand bend and lost control.
“The car over-turned and we were told it caught fire.”
Three other people were in the green Honda Accord with the pair when it turned over.
The three survivors suffered injuries and two were taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital and one was taken to Tameside General Hospital in Greater Manchester for treatment.
The driver, a 36-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Yesterday the road, which leads up through the Pennines to Lancashire, was closed off at the junction of Greenfield Road and Wessenden Head Road but it re-opened at around 12.30pm.
It has been the scene of many minor and more serious crashes over the years.
In 2007 69-year-old Michael Maher, of Berry Brow, died in hospital after a crash on the same stretch of road.
Last year safety improvement work begun on the rural stretch.
Anyone with information about the latest crash is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050.