Two men have died in a road traffic collision in Bury.
At about 3.30am on Sunday 2 December 2012, an officer on routine patrol spotted a silver Volkswagen Polo with frosted windows travelling at excess speed along Bury Road, Radcliffe.
The officer turned his car around and activated his emergency equipment to pursue the car but it had already driven off and the officer had lost sight of it.
By the time he reached Newbank Garden Centre the car had overturned and collided with a tree.
An independent witness – a taxi driver – has told police he was overtaken by the car, which was travelling at speed, moments earlier.
The driver and a passenger, both men, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed and officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit and an officer from GMP’s Professional Standards Branch were at the scene.
In line with standard procedure the driver will have his driving authority suspended while an investigation is carried out.
Superintendent Steve Nibloe, said: “Tragically two men have died in this collision.
“They are yet to be identified or their relatives informed but we will have specially trained officers with their loved ones to support them as best we can as soon as we know who they are.
“Officers from our Serious Collision Investigation Unit are currently conducting enquiries at the scene and the road will remain shut while this happens.
“If anyone else has any information that may assist us I would urge them to contact us.”