Updated: Wednesday, 26th February 2020 @ 2:34pm

Duo killed in stolen car crash inferno identified as brothers: Police name victims burnt to death in Audi smash

Duo killed in stolen car crash inferno identified as brothers: Police name victims burnt to death in Audi smash

By Glen Keogh

The driver and passenger killed when their stolen car ploughed into eight others in Salford have been identified.

Salford brothers Robert Crooks, 33, and Scott Best, 27, died following the crash on Leigh Road in Boothstown at around 8.30pm on Thursday February 7.

The stolen red Audi had collided with several parked cars, which in turn hit a parked car, crashed against a wall, then smashed into a number of other parked cars.

A fireball then engulfed the Audi in flames, setting three other cars on fire and killing the two men inside.

Senior Investigating Officer, Police Sergeant Lee Westhead, said: "An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the collision and the events leading up to it." 

Emergency services evacuated nearby homes for several hours as firefighters tackled the flames and the British Red Cross even offered emotional support to residents in the aftermath of the crash.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle and remains in police custody for questioning.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

Picture courtesy of Daniel Butterworth, with thanks.

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