Police appeal for family of car crash explosion victims to come forward

The scene on Leigh Road in Boothstown last night. Photo: @Rob_Sidlow

Police are directly appealing to the families of two people who died following a multi-vehicle collision in Salford to come forward.

Officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrouding the collision which caused damage to a number of homes and where fire damage completely destroyed three parked cars.

It happened at about 8.35pm on Thursday 7 February 2013, on Leigh Road, Boothstown.

Police were informed an Audi had collided with a number of parked cars, which in turn collided with a parked car, hit a wall, then collided with a number of other parked cars.

The collision caused a fire to start in the Audi and other parked cars. Officers attended along with firefighters from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and two people were pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire crews worked to bring the fire under control. As enquiries at the scene continue, the two fatally injured people have not been identified and no next of kin have come forward. There have been no reports of missing people.

"One of our priorities is to establish the identity of the two people who have died. "Unfortunately, both people suffered some very serious injuries and we are working closely with the pathologist. "I urge anyone who may know who they are to come forward. I know that there may be two families out there who have not been contacted by a loved one and our job is to make this devastating time as easy as possible for them."

– Chief Superintendent Mulligan

It is believed the collision is linked to an aggravated burglary at about 8.25pm on Thursday 7 February 2013, at a house on Boscombe Gardens in Farnworth.

Two men are understood to have got out of a silver Vauxhall Vectra, smashed a window and managed to grab the keys to the red Audi S4 Quattro parked outside.

Threats were made to a neighbour who was putting the bins out and both cars were driven off at speed. The Audi carried the registration M50 UKC. Minutes later, a red Audi and a silver car were spotted by a passing police car travelling at speed on Cecil Street, Walkden.

A short time later a police car travelling on Walken Road towards the East Lancashire Road saw two cars driving at speed in the opposite direction, towards Leigh Road. By the time the police car had turned round to give pursuit the vehicles were out of sight.

At the time of the collision itself, police were still actively searching for the cars. A Vauxhall Vectra with the registration KA07 GLK was found abandoned a short time later on Mill Brow in Worsely.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.