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Image caption The driver of the Audi left the scene of the crash

Two boys, one aged 23 months and the other aged 10, have died in a hit-and-run car crash in Wolverhampton.

They were in a BMW being driven by their mother when it crashed with an Audi S3 on Birmingham New Road at about 20:45 GMT on Thursday.

The driver of the Audi left the scene and police have urged them to come forward.

A taxi driver said two cars had passed him at a “very, very fast” speed about a mile away from the crash scene.

The 31-year-old driver of a third car, a Bentley, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Ambulance crews arrived at the Lawnswood Avenue junction to find members of the public tending to the injured.

Paramedics tried to save the children but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

The mother, whose injuries were not life-threatening, was taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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Image caption A mother and her two sons were in their BMW when it was struck by the Audi, police said

Describing how two cars had sped past him, taxi driver Tanveer Hussain said: “I was further up the road, by McDonald’s, and two cars overtook me. If I am doing 35 to 40, they were doing much more.”

He said he then pulled over when he came upon the crash site.

“I got out of my car and other lads tended to the children. What I saw was terrible,” Mr Hussain said.

“It was too much. The mother was just in shock.”

West Midlands Police confirmed the speed of the vehicles involved is being investigated.

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Image caption A witness described hearing an “almighty bang”

Another witness, who lives nearby but did not want to be named, said: “I didn’t see it but I heard it – two cars must have been racing.

“My son ran to the window and said ‘they are racing dad’ and then we heard an almighty bang.

“My Mrs ran down to see if she could help and all the police and ambulance workers were there. You could see the police officers stopping the traffic were really, really distressed.”

A local care worker, who also asked not to be named, said several crashes had occurred at the junction in the past 18 months because of motorists passing lights on red.

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Image caption Police said the family is being supported by specialist officers

Det Sgt Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police’s 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.”

Police have also urged people who saw a white Bentley Continental convertible and a blue Audi S3 travelling along Birmingham New Road around the time to get in touch.

The crash happened on a road covered by an injunction forbidding people from so-called car cruising.

Prohibited activities include speeding, driving in convoy, racing and performing stunts between the hours of 15:00 and 07:00.

The road was reopened at 03:40 GMT.

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