Police have opened an investigation after two teenage girls and a man were killed when the car they were driving in crashed into a tree.
Joshua Parkes (21), the driver of the car, and passengers in the back seat Lucy Tibbetts (16) and Isobel Ramsey (also 16) died yesterday when their yellow Skoda Fabia crashed on Bromley Lane in Dudley at around 8:50 p.m. yesterday.
Passenger Nathan Cartwright, 18, and one other passenger are in critical condition in the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
A West Midlands Police vehicle spotted the car shortly before the accident but said it was unclear if a pursuit had taken place.
Passengers in the back seat, Isobel Ramsell, 16, (left), were injured in the collision and Lucy Tibbetts, 16, (right) died when the car they were driving in crashed into a tree in Dudley
Police have launched an investigation after three of the five passengers on a Skoda Fabia were killed when their car crashed into a tree
Joshua Parkes, 21, the driver of the car, was pronounced dead by emergency services at the scene
The deceased were among five people driving around 8:50 p.m. yesterday in a yellow Skoda Fabia that crashed on Bromley Lane in the Kingswinford area of Dudley
The 18-year-old co-driver Nathan Cartwright (picture) and another passenger are in critical condition in the hospital
A resident of the suburban street said they heard the crash and looked out the window to see the yellow Skoda wrapped around the tree.
West Midlands Police has announced that the families of those involved have been informed.
The street was closed overnight and, according to a neighbor, reopened around 5 a.m.
The force initially said the officers saw the vehicle shortly before the accident but did not speak to the occupants or track the car.
Instead, a later statement suggests that & # 39;It is not known if the police interacted with the Skoda and this is now being investigated by the Independent Police Conduct Office (IOPC).
A police car has been photographed as it was towed from the scene by a loader last night.
A police car is towed from the scene of the accident last night. West Midlands police said police had not known if there was any interaction with the Skoda
It is believed that driver Mr. Parkes put his Skoda sale up for sale on Facebook a few days before the fatal crash
Mr Parkes, the driver, had put his Skoda up for sale or a car swap last Friday and he showed up today.
On his Facebook account he had posted a photo of the vehicle with the message: “Any swaps / cash offers? Message for details & # 39 ;.
In response to a friend about why he was selling the car so soon, he replied with a "police car" emoji.
The friend also asked him if he was the one he wanted to follow recently until he gave a red light. Mr. Parkes replied, "Probably."
Ms. Tibbetts recently published her joy in passing her GCSE exams on social media and wrote: "The most nervous day of my life, but we shattered it and I couldn't be more proud of my best friend." Forward and up. & # 39;
West Midlands Ambulance Service took 18-year-old Nathan Cartwright to the Major Trauma Center at Queen Elizabeth Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
It is believed that he and another passenger, who may have sustained life-threatening injuries, are in critical condition in the hospital.
Emergency services rushed to the location where three occupants of the car were pronounced dead. A teenager and a young girl, also in the car, are in critical condition in the hospital
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The crews arrived at the scene and found that a car carrying five affected patients had crashed into a tree.
Unfortunately, it soon became clear that nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
& # 39; Despite the best efforts of the staff, two teenage girls who were in the back seat of the vehicle have also been confirmed dead.
"Our thoughts are directed to the families of everyone involved at this time."
Floral tributes were left at the site of the crash, where investigators worked all night to clear the street and gather evidence.
Floral tributes were left at the site of the crash, where investigators worked all night to clear the street and gather evidence
Sgt. Dean Caswell said, "I would urge anyone who saw the Skoda drive in the area last night, or who may have captured anything on dash cam footage, to contact us as soon as possible."
Sgt. Dean Caswell, who leads the investigation, said, “This is a tragic time for the families of those involved and we have specially trained officials to assist them through this difficult time.
“The investigation is at a very early stage and we are trying to pinpoint exactly what happened and why.
"I would urge anyone who saw the Skoda drive in the area last night or who captured anything on dash cam footage to contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information was asked to contact him via live chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk quoting Protocol 4469 dated October 13th.
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