Two men aged 18 and 77 have died in a horrific crash on the M60 near Stockport after a “stolen” BMW travelling on the wrong side of the carriageway, hit an oncoming car.
Police had been pursuing the black BMW but they are not believed to have been following it in the moments before the smash when it hit a red Vauxhall driven by a man aged 77.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has opened up an investigation into the crash near junction 27 for Stockport East, reported the Manchester Evening News.
The police watchdog understands that at around 10.15pm on Thursday night, police first saw a black BMW travelling on Altrincham Road towards the Sharston Link.
The car was believed to be stolen, and after the 18-year-old driver failed to stop for officers, a pursuit began.
The IOPC says that the BMW travelled onto the M56 and then the M60, before leaving the motorway at junction 27 for Stockport East.
It drove back onto the M60, travelling on the wrong side of the carriageway before colliding with the Vauxhall.
Amanda Rowe, IOPC regional director, said: “Sadly, two men have lost their lives as a result of this collision. Our thoughts are with their families at this time.
“We believe that there may be some witnesses travelling on the road network who may have witnessed the pursuit.
“In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage that could assist with our investigation.”
After being informed of the incident by Greater Manchester Police, the IOPC began gathering evidence at the scene.
The watchdog says it has taken evidence from GMP officers involved and dashcam footage from the police vehicles in the pursuit.