Police are investigating whether a crash that cause a raft of death and injury was the result of an illegal sports car race.
One man was killed and four others injuried when an Audi A5 Sport crashed with an Audi A6 S in the early hours of Sunday morning. The driver of the A5 Sport, a 25 year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene and four other men, aged 18 to 21, were taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital after the crash that occurred at approximately 4.40 am.
One witness said the road in Rochdale was left “littered with bodies” and police suspect the cars might have been racing each other.
Both cars were written off in the crash, which occurred at such a high speed that one of the cars was broken in two on impact, the front half of the A5 skidding 30ft away from the rear half. A fence and a telephone box were also smashed in the crash.
Police set up a large cordon to contain the scene as debris was thrown some distance from the impact site; one witness described hearing a “massive bang.”
A spokesman for the GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, Sergeant Mark Thomas, said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of this man at this tragic time, and we have specially trained officers supporting them. We are keen to speak to anyone who saw the white Audi A6 in the area shortly before the collision and I would urge them to speak to the police if they have any piece of information, no mater how small.
“Two men were seen in a silver taxi near the scene at the time of the crash and we are urging them to come forward and speak to police, as they may hold vital information about what happened. We are fully investigating the circumstances leading up to this collision and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.”
Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 4741.