Wakefield car fireball man dies VIDEO

A man died and two people were severely injured when a car crashed into a tree and a lamppost and burst into flames in Wakefield.

A Vauxhall Vectra was being driven in Broadway in Lupset in Wakefield when it left the road, hit a tree and then crashed into a lamp-post.

The crash happened at 8.44pm yesterday at the junction of Broadway and Waterton Road in a council estate in Lupset.

A male passenger died. The male driver suffered critical injuries. A female passenger suffered burns.

A local resident pulled the two injured people from the vehicle.

The car is believed to have crashed near the homes of the occupants.

Fire crews from Wakefield and Ossett attended.

One Wakefield firefighter said: "According to wtinesses it hit a tree then demolished a lamp-post. It finished up on its roof.

"It instantly burst into flames. When we got there the car was unrecognisable. It had been burning for about 10 minutes.

"Two people had got out. One was still in the car. A resident got two of them out."

An Ossett firefighter said: "When we got there the fire was so intense that we were looking at a body retrieval. Obviously our main concern was trying to extinguish the fire. Probably after two or three minutes I realised there were other casualities and somebody else had got out."

All three people are believed to be in their mid-20s.

Police said the car was owned locally, and there was no suggestion of any police chase.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said the male driver of the car had been taken to Wakefield's Pinderfields Hospital, where he was reported to be in a "critical" condition.

A female passenger was also taken to Pinderfields. She was said to be in a "critical but stable" condition.

Wreckage was still strewn across the road in Broadway today following the tragedy.

At the roadside a tree which was first hit by the car was scoured by the impact, and broken glass from the car's windows was scattered around it.

The patch of road on which the car landed on its roof and burst into flames was blackened and scorched.

Geoffrey Redfearn, 81, lives at 49 Broadway, an end terrace house only yards from the scene of the carnage. The tree which the car struck is outside his house, where he lives with his wife Betty, 76.

Mr Redfearn, a retired engineer who has lived in the same house for more than 40 years, said: "I didn't see it. I heard it. I was watching television. I heard this almighty great crash. Then debris coming on to the window.

"I rushed out. I saw the car on fire. My wife looked out of the window and saw a man get out of the car. He was on fire. I immediately rang the emergency services.

"There were people all over, dozens of them. Then there was somebody laid on the path next door. The ambulancemen were working on him."

The area of road where the crash took place had been sealed off by police. It caused disruption to morning traffic. Broadway is the main road through the Council estate between Horbury Road and Dewsbury Road.

Witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the Wakefield road policing team on 01924 295436.

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