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'Race' crash boy fights for life

Two drivers are thought to have been racing each other when they collided and left a 12-year-old boy fighting for his life.

The youngster and a 50-year-old man were knocked down by one of the speeding vehicles in Daubhill, Bolton, Greater Manchester, on Sunday

It is thought two Vauxhall Astra cars had been speeding along St Helens Road at about 11.30pm when they both hit a BMW 320 which pulled into the road.

The force of the crash meant one of the Astras left the road and hit the two pedestrians.

The boy remains in a critical condition and the man in a stable condition, said police. Nine other people from the three vehicles suffered minor injuries.

One of the Astra drivers, a 20-year-old man, remains in hospital, while the other walked off while being treated by paramedics and efforts are continuing to find him.

Sergeant Danny Byrne, from Greater Manchester Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "A number of people have been injured and in particular one young boy has been left seriously hurt.

"We have officers with his family and our thoughts are with them at what is obviously an extremely worrying time. The fact that they are waiting to hear whether their beloved 12-year-old boy will survive reflects the absolute appalling consequences of driving in such a reckless manner. The area was very busy with people leaving the mosque following evening prayers and we believe the two cars initially involved were speeding and most likely racing one another.

"If anyone saw the incident or the two cars beforehand and is yet to talk to us, please get in touch. I also want to reassure all those that were present last night and the wider community that officers from GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit will be conducting a thorough investigation into this incident."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4741.

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