A man has died following a high-speed police pursuit after ploughing into a BMW and a building.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers were on patrol in Hyde shortly before 1am Monday morning when a red Volkswagen Golf failed to stop for them.
The man is accused of fleeing, leading to a pursuit began but officers lost sight of the vehicle.
When the car was found a short time later, it had been in collision with an oncoming blue BMW in Manchester Road and had then crashed into a building.
According to the Manchester Evening News, numerous eyewitnesses said the car burst into flames after the crash.
The fire service have confirmed crews attended and put out a fire in a car which was ‘well alight’.
The sole occupant of the Golf died at the scene.
‘Two fire engines attended and they used hose reels and breathing apparatus to put out the fire as well as lighting, a fire service spokesperson said.
‘Crews were on the scene for around two and a half hours.’
No further details about the man have yet been released but his next of kin have been informed and his family are being supported
The driver and passenger in the BMW were taken to hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
Superintendent Chris Allsop, of GMP, said: “The family of the man who sadly lost his life have been informed and are being supported by family liaison officers.
‘The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct by GMP’s Professional Standards Branch in line with normal policy.
‘The IOPC are independently investigating the circumstances of this incident and GMP will fully support this investigation.”
A large cordon remains in place close to the Cheshire Ring pub this morning.
One local resident said she was awoken by a large bang.
The force has referred the incident to police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, according to the BBC.