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Young girls die as car ploughs into family on day out

By PA Reporters

Published 23/06/2015

Two children died and their mother was left with serious injuries after a car ploughed into a group of five pedestrians while they were on their way to the park.

West Midlands Police said the girls, aged six and seven, were taken to hospital after the incident in Handsworth, Birmingham, around noon on Sunday "but despite the best efforts of medical staff died shortly afterwards".

The sisters have been named locally as Lily and Shelley Wu.

The girls' 39-year-old mother is in a critical condition in hospital. Another daughter aged 12, Catherine, and 13-year-old son Edwin were being treated for serious injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

A 34-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving has been released on bail.

The family was reportedly crossing the road in front of a parked bus in Grove Lane when they were hit by the car.

A neighbour told the Birmingham Mail: "Mr Wu is torn between being with his desperately ill wife and how to comfort his older children.

"It is such a terrible situation."

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