Five dead including three children as stolen car hits tree

Five people including three children have been killed after a stolen Renault Clip crashed into a tree in Leeds, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

West Yorkshire Police said the deceased were all males. The youngest was 12, two were 15 and the remaining two were men aged 24 and 28.

The crash happened in Stonegate Road, Meanwood, at about 10pm on Saturday night.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a number of police cars and emergency service vehicles in the area following the incident.

One told Leeds Live that they also saw officers “searching gardens” near to the scene.

Stonegate Road was shut immediately shut following the crash and was expected to remain closed for some time while West Yorkshire Police investigate.

Police initially said a number of people had suffered serious injuries, before confirming five people were dead.

The victims’ families have been informed, police said.

A police spokesman said earlier: “We are currently at the scene of a Road Traffic Collision on Stonegate Road in Meanwood, Leeds.

“Officers were called to the scene at just before 10pm [Saturday] evening.

“Enquiries are ongoing at the scene as to the exact nature of the incident.”

The spokesman added: “Two males aged 15 have been arrested in connection with the incident.

“The road has been closed and is likely to remain closed for some time.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers were confronted by a scene of “complete carnage” when they arrived at the crash site on Stonegate Road.

He said that just one vehicle had been involved but it was not yet clear whether the five victims and two suspects had all been in the car.

“Whether they were all in the car or whether some of [the victims] were pedestrians we can’t say at this point in time.

“We’ve got the road closed, an investigation in place and we’re trying to find out what’s occurred.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police.

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