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Two dead after car crashes into house near Doncaster

Published 25/08/2015

Police were called to reports of car on fire after hitting the property in Branton near Doncaster
Police were called to reports of car on fire after hitting the property in Branton near Doncaster

Two people have died after a car crashed into a house and then burst into flames, police have said.

A third person is being treated in hospital with life-threatening injuries after the incident in Branton, near Doncaster.

South Yorkshire Police said all three of the injured were in the car.

The incident took place at around 12.50pm and emergency services remain at the scene in Poppyfields Way.

Doncaster Road is expected to remain closed for some time while the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service respond to the incident.

Michael Burton, 21, described how he raced back to his house, having heard the crash, to find a burning car upside down in his garden.

He said his first concern was for his girlfriend, who was in the building at the time.

Mr Burton said the car smashed through the front garden wall of his house but was prevented from crashing into the building by the rockery.

He said his girlfriend came out to see a man step out of the car on fire. Mr Burton said the man was treated by neighbours on the other side of the road.

"I looked at my colleague, Dave, and just said: 'My garden's on fire'," he said.

"We both ran up the road as quick as we could.

"My first thought was my girlfriend - is she alright, is she out of the house? And she was out of the house on the phone."

He said: "There was the wall all over the floor and there was a car - a Renault Megane - upside down and on fire.

"I got there just as the young man was being put out.

"The car was still on fire as we moved the cars.

"We sorted all that out. As we moved the cars, the fire brigade came."

Mr Burton said he and his friend decided to move the family cars off the drive to prevent the fire spreading.

He said it is his parents' home, and they are on holiday in Tenerife.

Mr Burton added that his girlfriend was off work, sick.

"As she opened the door, she got a face full of burning car," he said.

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