Two badly hurt in high-impact car crash following road chase

Two badly hurt in high-impact car crash following road chase

A CAR crash in Batley in which two people were seriously hurt and a wall was demolished “sounded like an explosion”.

Two vehicles collided on Healey Lane near the junction with Throstle Nest at around 7.05pm last Sunday.

The front of a red Ford Fiesta was left mangled, while firefighters had to cut the roof off a blue Peugeot 108 to rescue those trapped inside.

Two of the four people injured were badly hurt but police said their conditions were not life-threatening.

A witness, who did not want to be named, said: “There was an unbelievable noise. It sounded more like an explosion than a crash. It’s a miracle they survived. There were huge pieces of stone from the wall strewn in the road, so there must have been a big impact.”

It is believed the Fiesta was chased from Heckmondwike town centre by an off-road vehicle. After the collision, the 4x4 is thought to have left the scene down Healey Lane towards Batley.

The 18-year-old male driver of the Fiesta and the driver of the Peugeot, a man aged 34, were taken to Leeds General Infirmary along with two 18-year-old male passengers from the Fiesta.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed nearby but was not needed. The road was closed for several hours.

PC Sean Hepworth, of the Safer Road and Neighbourhood Support Team, appealed for witnesses, in particular anyone who saw the Fiesta and a 4x4-type vehicle prior to the crash, especially in Heckmondwike town centre.

He added: “Enquiries are ongoing to determine the full circumstances of what took place.”

Anyone with information can call PC Hepworth on 101.

Picture: Mike Clark

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