November 16, 2008 / 9:11 AM / in 10 years

Three die in police car chase

A policeman is seen behind police tape at a crime scene in this file photo. REUTERS/Martin Bennett

LONDON (Reuters) - Three people have died in a car crash in Oldham after a police chase, Greater Manchester Police said on Sunday.

Two men and a woman died when their Opel Vectra hit a garden wall shortly after 3:30 a.m. The fourth person in the car, a woman, is in critical condition in hospital.

A police officer on routine patrol had been pursuing the Vectra after it refused to stop in Oldham town centre.

In a separate police chase on the M1 motorway in Derbyshire, a male passenger died when a Vauxhall Corsa pursued by police after failing to stop left the northbound carriageway and hit a bank.

The Corsa’s driver and another passenger were arrested after the crash at 2 a.m., Derbyshire Constabulary said.

Both incidents have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Committee, as is normal in the case of deaths involving police officers.

Reporting by Tim Castle

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