TWO brothers have been killed in an horrific crash which ripped their car in two.
Christopher Blowman, 31, and 27-year-old Sam Blowman, from Wibsey in Bradford, were driving in Woodside Road, Wyke, when their Ford Focus hit a tree at 11.41pm on Tuesday.
The force of the impact tore their car into two pieces, with one half wrapped around the tree.
The engine also came out of the car and was left lying in the road.
A police spokesman said the car passed a police patrol vehicle in Manchester Road, Bradford.
He said officers told the car to pull over using blue lights but it failed to stop and went out of sight. Minutes later, police were called to an accident involving the same car.
West Yorkshire Police referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of routine.
The accident has now been passed back to West Yorkshire.
Ian Butterworth, of St Mark’s Avenue, said he heard the helicopter hovering over the road at about midnight.
He said: “They were shining a light. I didn’t hear any sirens.
“Then in the morning it was on the news.”
Other neighbours said they had heard a loud bang followed by sirens, and had seen flashing lights outside.
About six police cars, a fire engine and an ambulance were said to be at the scene.
Friends and relatives left flowers by the tree yesterday.
One tribute read ‘Gone but not forgotten. Top lads. Will be missed always’.
Another read ‘you will be missed by everybody’.
More tributes were left on Facebook.
Family members did not wish to speak.
Witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to contact the major collision and enquiry team on the non-emergency number 101.