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Police Appeal for witnesses

September 2, 2012, 3:34 pm

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a collision in north Manchester in which two people have died.

At about 10.15pm on Saturday 1 September 2012, police were called to Bury New Road at its junction with Sherborne Street following reports a silver Mercedes and a red Nissan Micra had collided.

Officers attended and the driver of the Micra, a 32-year-old man, and the front seat passenger, a 37-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.

In the back of the Micra were two teenager passengers, who are 16 and 17-years-old. Both remain in Hope Hospital for treatment. The 16-year-old boy has a head injury which is not believed to be life-threatening. The 17-year-old boy also sustained a serious head injury and he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the Mercedes, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A second man, aged 19 who was driving a grey Volkswagen Golf, was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Both remain in custody for questioning.

Superintendent Neil Bhole said: “Firstly, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who have sadly died. This is an absolute tragedy and our thoughts are with them as they try and come to terms with what has happened.

“Specially trained Family Liaison Officers are with the family and offering them as much support as they need throughout what is clearly going to be a very traumatic next few hours, days and months.

“Because we have made arrests, I do not want to be drawn on what has caused this collision and I would ask for people’s understanding that we cannot talk about speculation or rumour, not least because it would not be fair for the families of all those involved.

“I do however want to reassure people that we have launched a thorough investigation that will establish all the facts.

“I specifically want to appeal to anyone who has information about this collision to come forward. I would like to hear from anyone who either witnessed the collision itself, or who saw a silver Mercedes and a grey Volkswagen Golf being driven on Trinity Way or Great Ducie Street before the collision to come forward.”

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to call the Serious Collision Unit on 0161 856 4742.

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