TWO mates have been killed after the ute they were in spun out of control and smashed into a tree in Victoria.
The horrific high-speed crash happened in the dead of night, on a residential street in Ballarat East.
Police said it was around 1am when the red ute left Scott Parade and struck a tree near Ligar Street.
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Emergency services arrived on the scene to find the red ute completely wrapped around the trunk of the tree.
The man behind the wheel of the ute and his passenger, both aged in their early 20s, were killed instantly.
The exact circumstances surrounding the crash are yet to be determined.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.