A lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s ‘mangled’ body was found on Upper Brook Street, Manchester, during this morning’s rush hour traffic.
After tracing the man’s lorry to Newton Heath, officers arrested the driver, 47, after reports the woman was struck by the vehicle.
At this stage, police remain unsure how the incident happened but witnesses have claimed the woman may have fallen from the lorry and then run over.
Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry of Longsight Police said: “At this stage a 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning.
“I want to reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to establish the circumstances around what has happened here.”
Police are continuing their investigations after the lower half of the woman’s torso was discovered in the middle of the road at around 9.30am.
Upper Brook Street is closed both ways between Hathersage Road and Grafton Street with officers advising motorists to avoid the area.
Many people witnessed the ‘horrific sight’. One Tweeter said: “Just saw possibly the most disturbing thing of my life cycling along Upper Brook Street. Keep an eye out on the news, too bad to tweet it.”
Another added: “Cant believe what I’ve just seen in the middle of Upper Brook Street a body all mangled or a pig or something across the road?!?”
Superintendent Chaudhry added: “We are making every effort to try and identify the person who has lost her life in what are clearly tragic circumstances. We are also trying to establish her age.
“We have stepped up patrols in the area. If you have any concerns please go and speak to an officer.
“Given that this incident was only reported a few hours ago we are getting a lot of reports from members of the public, if you witnessed the incident or have any information which could help our investigation, please contact us as soon as possible.”
Picture provided by @NaynaKay on Twitter.