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Man dies after car crashes into basement in Kensington

The police cordon caused traffic delays as it shut down parts of a major dual carriageway into and out of London.

A man has died after a car crashed into the basement of a home in Kensington as it sped away from police.

The vehicle was left wedged between the house and the basement, with two of the four men who were in the car trapped in the tangled wreckage.

A woman who lives in the house described the trapped men moaning and screaming for help as the emergency services tried to cut them free.

She said: “You could hear them screaming. They cut them out but one didn’t make it.”

The crash happened at around 3.10am on Saturday after officers tried to flag the car down for speeding along the A4 Talgarth Road, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers lost sight of the car as it sped away but found it crashed into the house on the corner of West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road.

Another witness said: “There was a massive bang. He hit the traffic light and span round and round. He ended up in the basement.”

Police said two men freed themselves from the vehicle and firefighters cut the two others from the wreckage.

One died at the scene and the other was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The two other men were arrested. All four are believed to be aged in their 20s.

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Workers clean up the scene of a car crash in Kensington. (Jonathan Brady/PA)

A Met spokesman said: “As is routine in such cases, the Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed.”

Some residents were trapped in the building for over two hours before firefighters were able to lead them away.

The impact left the building unsafe, with damage to a large area of brickwork on the front and cracks to walls inside and out.

Local people said there had been a spate of serious crashes recently and described the junction as dangerous.

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