Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two children die after car crashes into group of five pedestrians

A 34-year-old local man has been arrested
A 34-year-old local man has been arrested

Two children have died after a car ploughed into a group of five pedestrians

West Midlands Police said the girls, aged six and seven, were taken to hospital after the incident in Handsworth, Birmingham, around noon yesterday "but despite the best efforts of medical staff died shortly afterwards".

A 34-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Four children and a woman were involved in the incident. They were reportedly crossing the road in front of a parked bus in Grove Lane when they were hit by the car.

Police said a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were being treated for serious injuries which are not believed to be life threatening. A 39-year-old woman remains in a critical condition.

Sgt Steve Newbury, from the force's Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We still continue to investigate the circumstances around this tragic incident and officers continue to liaise with the family of those involved.

"I am appealing for witnesses to come forward in particular I want passengers who were travelling on the number 101 bus at around noon along Grove Lane towards Oxhill road to call me or one of my team."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

Birmingham City Council member Gurdial Singh Atwal, who has lived in the Handsworth area for nearly half a century, said the road has been the scene of several accidents in recent years.

He said: "I know every inch of Grove Lane and there have been problems here with traffic.

"Somebody was killed here only recently (before yesterday's crash).

"And the roads seem very narrow these days with cars parked on one side, which can create problems for road users and pedestrians.

"Some people want more police to monitor the area, some people say they want speed cameras, others are concerned about drivers speeding.

"We will wait to see the results of the police investigation now."

Press Association

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