Pictured: Two 16-year-old girls and driver, 21, killed when Skoda hit tree as two others fight for life and detectives probe whether police chase caused the smash
Police have launched an investigation after two teenage girls and a man were killed when the car they were travelling in smashed into a tree.
Joshua Parkes, 21, the car's driver, andrear seat passengersLucy Tibbetts, 16, andIsobel Ramsey, also 16, all died when their yellow Skoda Fabia crashed on Bromley Lane in Dudley at around 8.50pm yesterday.
昨天晚上8点50分左右，21岁的司机约书亚·帕克斯(Joshua Parkes)和后座乘客-16岁的露西·蒂贝茨(Lucy Tibbetts)和同样16岁的伊泽贝尔·拉姆齐(Isobel Ramsey)-都死于他们的黄色斯柯达·法比亚(Skoda Fabia)在达德利的布罗姆利巷(Bromley Lane)撞车。
Front seat passenger Nathan Cartwright, 18, and another passenger are in a critical condition in hospital.
A West Midlands Police vehicle spotted the car shortly before the crash, but said it is not clear whether a pursuit took place.
A resident of the suburban road said they heard the crash and looked out their window to see the yellow Skoda 'wrapped' around the tree.
West Midlands Police have said the families of those involved have been informed.
The road was closed overnight, re-opened at around 5am, according to a neighbour.
The force initially said officers had seen the vehicle moments before the crash but did not speak with the occupants or pursue the car.
A later statement instead suggests that 'it is not known if there was any interaction with the Skoda' by police, and this will now be investigated.
West Midlands Ambulance Service took 18-year-old Nathan Cartwright to theQueen Elizabeth Hospital's Major Trauma Centre with life threatening injuries.
He and another passenger, who sustained potentially life-threatening injuries, are believed to remain in a critical condition at the hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: 'Crews arrived at the scene to find a car had hit a tree, with five patients involved.
'Sadly, it soon became clear nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
'Despite best efforts of staff, two teenage girls who were back seat passengers in the vehicle were also confirmed deceased at the scene.
'Our thoughts go out to the families of all those involved at this time.'
Floral tributes have today been left at the scene of the crash where investigators worked through the night to clear the road and collect evidence.
Sgt Dean Caswell, who is leading the investigation, said: 'This is a tragic time for the families of those involved, and we have specially trained officers who will be supporting them through the difficult time ahead.
'The investigation is at a really early stage, and we're trying to establish exactly what happened and why.
'I'd urge anyone who saw the Skoda driving in the area last night, or who may have captured anything on dash-cam footage, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.'
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, quoting log 4469 of 13 October.