Murder probe launched after two dead, one critical in road smash
Published 10/08/2011 | 07:46
A murder investigation has been launched after two men were killed and one critically injured in a road traffic collision in Birmingham..
The men were pedestrians hit by a car in the Winson Green area of the city at 1am, according to reports.
Police said one man had been arrested in connection with the deaths and a car had been recovered. It is not yet known if the deaths are linked to overnight rioting in the area.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Two men have died following a road traffic collision in the Winson Green area of Birmingham which detectives are treating as murder.
"The incident occurred just after 1am in Dudley Road. Three men were taken to hospital where two subsequently died from their injuries. A third male remains in a critical condition.
"West Midlands Police have launched a murder inquiry, arrested one man in connection with the incident and recovered a vehicle from near the scene which will be examined by forensics experts."
Police appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed that all three men had been in collision with a car and that crews of paramedics found around 80 people at the scene of the incident when then arrived.
"Two men have died and a third was critically injured after they were in collision with a car in Birmingham," an ambulance service spokesman added.
"The incident took place close to the Jet filling station on Dudley Road in Winson Green at approximately 1.15am.
"Three ambulances, two rapid response vehicles and an incident support officer was sent to the scene.
"When crews arrived they found around 80 people at the scene with resuscitation ongoing on three men.
"Crews used their advanced life support skills while police officers provided support."
The ambulance service said two of the men were pronounced dead soon after arriving at hospital, while a third remains in a critical condition.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said later that the third victim of the collision in Winson Green had died in hospital.
A spokesman said the man had received treatment at City Hospital for several hours before dying from his "significant" injuries.