Two fifteen-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after five people were killed when a stolen car crashed into a car in Leeds.
Two men, aged 24 and 28, and three boys, two aged 15 and one aged 12, died as a result of the crash in the Meanwood area of the West Yorkshire city just before 10pm last night.
Police are reportedly working on the assumption all seven males were in the vehicle – a Renault Clio – at the time.
The two boys were still in police custody this morning as police investigated the crash involving the Renault Clio, which legally can carry five people.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman told the BBC they were working on the assumption there were seven people in the car.
Two of the victims died at the scene and three died later in hospital.
A resident in Stonegate Road, who wishes to remain anonymous, described hearing a ‘loud bang’ which sounded like a ‘firecracker’.
He said: ‘Me and my wife were watching TV some time between 9.30pm and 10pm when we heard a loud bang.
‘I have seen the car which I believe had an ’05 number plate completely squashed.
‘Within minutes, dozens of police cars, a fire engine and several ambulances were at the scene.
‘We could hear the sirens and see blue flashing lights and that’s when we realised something very serious had happened.
‘The road is completely closed off this morning and the police have said I am not allowed to drive my car out of the area until later in the afternoon so I couldn’t take my wife to work.’
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths is leading the investigation and said: ‘This is clearly a tragic incident in which five young people have lost their lives.
‘We are currently investigating the exact circumstances of what happened.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who saw what happened or has information about it to call us on 101 quoting log 1859 of Saturday 26 November.’
An eyewitness reported 10 emergency vehicles including police cars, fire engines and ambulances rushing to the scene.
West Yorkshire Police said in a statement: ‘At 9.54pm on Saturday, November 25, police were called to a road traffic collision on Stonegate Road, Leeds where a stolen Renault Clio had collided with a tree.
‘Five males aged 12, 15, 15, 24 and 28 have sadly passed away as a result of the road traffic collision and two 15-year-old males are in police custody.
‘Family of all the deceased have been informed.’
A resident, who lives near the scene and wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘We were out for a meal last night in Otley and when we arrived home the top of the road was blocked off round the corner from our house.
‘I only heard what has happened this morning after my wife saw the news but it is very upsetting it has happened so close by. ‘
‘I don’t know anything more than has been reported but have seen the road is still blocked off so it must have been awful. It is very sad.
Stonegate Road is expected to remain closed for much of Sunday.
The families of those killed have been informed.
Another resident said: ‘Just before 10pm there were loads of flashing lights past our house but I didn’t think anything of it. ‘
I’ve only realised this morning, I never heard a bang or anything similar.
‘I can’t believe it.’
Last night, the force said in a statement: ‘Police dealing with a serious road traffic collision, Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds.
‘Road currently closed in both directions between Stainbeck Lane and Stainbeck Avenue.