|Two people have been confirmed dead (Picture: Kent 999s/Twitter)|
According to Metro, UK:
Two people have been killed after a car crashed into a family of four in South London this afternoon [Aug 31]. A woman and a young boy were pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses described seeing the car, which was being chased by police, smash into a family as it turned into Lennard Road, Penge, at around 2.05pm. They said people tried to lift the crashed car off a little girl who was struck.
The IPCC has been called in to investigate because of police involvement in the chase. It is believed two other children may have been taken to hospital. Moments before the collision there was an incident at a nearby Sainsbury’s and it has been reported that there may have been an abduction of a child.
|The car was involved in a police chase (Picture: Kent 999s/Twitter)|
Tayla Goodman told Sky News she saw ‘children running away’ from the scene in ‘absolute tears, unable to speak’. She said ‘then a lady ran out across from Penge east station shouting ‘that’s my baby’ … ‘that’s my baby over there’.
‘It just looked like complete carnage. It was absolutely awful to see what happened.’ She said the car was ‘ploughed into the grass bank’ of the housing estate and described people ‘running through’ police tape and screaming.
One man who lives near the scene said: ‘It was a horrific scene on a sunny afternoon in a sleepy place.’ There were reports that two other people were also hurt in the crash, but police could not confirm this. The witness said that a black car was being chased by two police BMWs when the driver lost control as he turned into Lennard Road.
‘He lost control and ploughed into a family that was walking on the pavement down Lennard Road.
Serious incident in Lennard Road SE20. Reports of several casualties/fatalities after a Police chase pic.twitter.com/KZNoW2WGOp— Shulem Stern (@ShulemStern) August 31, 2016
‘People were trying to lift a car off a little girl. The police officers that were chasing were distraught.’
Another eyewitness, who also did not want to be named, said that apart from the two people who died, he saw two casualties who were children being taken away by ambulance.
Police said in a statement: ‘The driver of the car has been arrested and remains in custody at a south London police station. ‘The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed.’
A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: ‘We sent multiple resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, two incident response officers, an advanced paramedic and London’s Air Ambulance.
‘Sadly, a woman and a boy died at the scene. ‘We treated a further three patients, all girls, at the scene for multiple injuries and they were all taken to hospital.’