A 23-month-old toddler and a 10-year-old boy have been killed in a car crash on a main road in Wolverhampton.

The boys were pronounced dead at the scene and their mother remains in a serious condition in hospital on Friday.

The crash, involving three cars, happened on the Birmingham New Road at the junction with Lawnswood Avenue at 8.45pm on Thursday evening.

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A 31-year-old man, who was in a Bentley car, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, West Midlands Police said.

The driver of a second car, an Audi A3, which hit the BMW in which the two children were travelling, left the scene.

Medics treated the badly injured children, but nothing could be done to save them and they were pronounced dead at the scene, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Accident investigators were at the incident overnight, where a blue Audi A3 could be seen with a crumpled front end as well as a white BMW which had also been extensively damaged.

The BMW’s offside airbags had deployed and the car had come to a stop, having gone through roadside metal pedestrian barriers.

A witness who saw the aftermath said it had been a “massive” accident. The man, who lives locally and declined to be named, said: “It’s very sad to hear that children have been killed.”

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “I would appeal directly to the driver of the Audi to make contact with us.

“You may not be fully aware of the full tragic circumstances but you now need to speak to us. I would also ask the public who have any information or recall seeing a blue Audi S3 and a white Bentley Continental convertible travelling along the Birmingham New Road to make contact.

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“The investigation is in its early stages and I would also ask the public to think about the family at this tragic time and not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding the collision.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 2580 of 14 March.

Additional reporting by PA


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