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Broadway West crash: Driver arrested after teenagers killed in Walsall motorbike collision

By Megan Archer | Walsall | Crime | Published:

Two teenagers died after the motorbike they were riding hit a car as they made their way home from work.

Flowers have been laid at the scene of the fatal crash in Broadway West

Police have arrested the car driver on suspicion drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

The crash between the bike and a Rover car happened on Broadway West, Walsall, at around 11.30pm on Tuesday night.

Police at the scene of the crash. Picture: Palfrey and Caldmore Neighbourhood Watch

It happened between the junctions of Lord Street and Alexandra Road in the Palfrey area.

Flowers have been laid at the scene including some from an older sister of one of the victims.

Interactive map of the crash site

Ambulance staff arrived to find two victims - understood to be aged 18 and 19 - in cardiac arrest at the scene.

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Two emergency doctors arrived to help provide treatment.

But the men were confirmed dead a short time later.

Their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by police family liaison officers.

Tributes have already been paid to the teenagers who died

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West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Murray MacGregor said: “Sadly, despite their efforts, it was not possible to save either man and they were both confirmed dead on scene.

“Ambulance staff would like to thank the police officers at the incident who assisted with CPR."

The 58-year-old car driver, from Walsall, was arrested and remains in police custody today.

People being comforted at the scene

Detectives from West Midlands Police’s Collision Investigation Unit cordoned off the road as they investigate the circumstances of the crash.

Pc Karl Davies said: “This is a heart-breaking incident in which two young men have lost their lives…it appears they were heading home together from work when the collision happened.

“Our officers have conducted house to house enquiries and are in the process of seizing CCTV in the area in a bid to build up a picture of what happened in the moments leading up to the collision.

Floral tributes are being left to the teenagers

“Broadway is one of the main routes into Walsall and I’m sure that other road users will have witnessed the collision or the bike riding along the road. I’d urge anyone with information to contact the Unit as soon as possible.”

People living by the crash site have spoke of their shock at the deaths of the young men.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “My husband heard a loud bang at about 11pm and went outside.

"The boys were lying in the road. He called an ambulance. Everyone was outside. All the neighbours. One of our neighbours was doing CPR. It was terrible.”

Another neighbour said: “I’m surprised there haven’t been more like this. I’m so sorry to hear about it.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or email FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton and surrounding areas. Give me a call on 01902 319363, email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk or find me on Facebook at facebook.com/meganarcherstar

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