Salford police crash: watchdog to investigate after two die following police chase

Two men in Salford died in a collision after being followed by the police. Credit: ITV News

A probe by the police watchdog into a collision in which two people died and three others were injured is underway.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers pursued a speeding car on Frederick Road, Salford, at around 11.40pm on Wednesday, and that the vehicle had collided with two other vehicles.

Two men from the pursued vehicle were pronounced dead a short time later.

A man and two women from one of the other vehicles were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) regional director Amanda Rowe said: "My thoughts are with the men's family and friends after this tragic incident.

"When someone dies following police contact, it is mandatory for forces to make a referral to the IOPC. Our role is to establish the circumstances of the incident and this work is already underway."

The incident - understood to have involved an unmarked police car - has been referred to GMP's Professional Standards Branch "in line with normal procedure", GMP said.

No arrests have been made.