Police are growing increasingly concerned for two men who fled from a burning car after it crashed into a house, leaving two men dead and another fighting for his life.
The Renault Megane smashed into the front garden of the detached house in Poppyfields Way in Branton, yesterday (Tuesday August 26) and burst into flames.
Speaking at the scene of the crash where floral tributes had been left Inspector Steve Askham, from the Serious Collisions Unit, said: “The implications from witnesses and the CCTV is that other vehicles may be involved and we are actively seeking those, I’m not going to speak anymore about the nature of those enquiries.”
Police said five people were in the car. Two died, one was treated at the scene for serious injuries and the other two fled.
Speaking about the men who fled the scene Inspector Askham said: “From the witness accounts we have so far, one of the men had a terrible leg injury, which we believe was caused by the fire. People have told us the men were seriously injured and we believe they need urgent medical attention due to the impact of the crash and also the fire.
“No one has presented themselves at hospital with these injuries or at our local GPs, so the likelihood is that these men are still suffering with serious injuries, which could be life-threatening and have terrible consequences. I urge them to come forward to get the treatment they need.
“Also, I urge anyone who knows were these men are to come forward and tell us what you know so that we can ensure they are safe and well.”