Crash dead - names still not released

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TWO men who were killed in a horrific crash are yet to be formally identified.

An Audi S4 Quattro was stolen from Boscombe Gardens in Farnworth and minutes later crashed in Leigh Road in Boothstown.

It smashed into parked cars and burst into flames.

Police were unable to identify the pair because they suffered such severe injuries.

Two men were reported missing on Friday after a media appeal, and now the family is having to wait to discover if it is their relatives.

Police are now waiting for the results DNA tests to identify the men.

The crash happened at 8.35pm on Thursday and a number of parked cars were also destroyed in the blaze.

Officers believe the car was stolen during a burglary 10 minutes earlier.

Two men got out of a Vauxhall Vectra in Boscombe Garden and smashed a window of a house and stole keys to the vehicle.

They threatened to shoot a neighbour who was putting out their bin at the time.

The Audi and the Vauxhall Vectra were driven off at speed.

Minutes later, they were spotted by a passing police officer in Cecil Street, Walkden.

Another officer, driving a police car down Walkden Road towards the East Lancs Road, saw the two cars driving at speed in the opposite direction towards Leigh Road.

The second police car was about to give chase but by the time it had turned round both vehicles were out of sight. The Vectra was later found abandoned in Mill Brow, Worsley.

A witness said the cars were travelling at up to 100 miles an hour.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We are working with the coroner to identify the two people who died following a road traffic collision in Boothstown on February 7.

“Formal identification has not yet been carried out so GMP is not in a position to confirm the identities of the two people at this stage.”

GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has launched an investigation into the crash.

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