Police believe 'high speed' played a part in fatal Thornton crash (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Police believe 'high speed' played a part in fatal Thornton crash
Early inquiries by detectives investigating a crash that killed three people in Thornton suggest that “high speed” was a factor in the collision and that no other vehicle had been involved.
Police held an official press conference this afternoon at the scene of the tragedy.
Despite efforts from passers by and the fire service to save them, two men, aged 27 and 32 and a 19-year-old woman died after the accident that saw the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution they were travelling in hit Michelle Champion Hair Design on the corner of Thornton Road and Kipping Lane side on shortly after 11pm.
Early police investigations suggest the high-performance car had been travelling at high speed before impact, said Airedale and North Bradford Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Angela Williams speaking at the press conference.
She said all three people who were killed had come from Denholme and added: "This will really have wrecked the community and upset them. All our thoughts are going out to the families of the three."
Chief Supt Williams said a team of detectives devoted to the incident were piecing together what had happened, looking at CCTV and evidence from skid marks left on the road.
"Initial inquiries by detectives suggest high speed was involved, we don't believe any other vehicle was involved at that time,” she said.
And added: "It's still unclear exactly what happened but we are not looking for any other vehicle."
She also said she was not aware of the vehicle that crashed having been previously known to police.
Anyone who saw the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in the Thornton Road area or around the village before the collision should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.