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10 August 2016, 18:46
A teenage girl has been killed and Beds Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after a car crashed into a corner shop in Luton last night.
At approximately 10.20pm a car failed to stop when signalled to pull over by police. Shortly afterwards the silver Volkswagen Golf collided with a TV shopy in High Town Road by Welbeck Road.
The ambulance service pronounced the teenage girl dead at the scene.
The road and nearby streets have been closed as investigations are carried out. The fire service and a structural engineer were called to assist in making the scene safe and those affected by the damage were evacuated as a safety precaution.
The circumstances of the incident have been referred to the IPCC in line with standard protocol.
7pm update from Bedfordshire Police:
Police are continuing to investigate a fatal collision in Luton last night (Tuesday).
At approximately 10.20pm a silver Volkswagen Golf failed to stop when signalled to pull over by police. Shortly afterwards the car collided with a property in High Town Road.
Emergency services were called to the scene where sadly a 15 year-old girl was pronounced dead.
One man was airlifted to hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. Two other men who are thought to have been travelling in the vehicle at the time of the collision, or immediately prior to it, have also been identified. One of them has been treated for minor injuries.
The fatal collision is being investigated by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will carry out a separate investigation into the actions of the officer prior to the collision.
Bedfordshire Assistant Chief Constable Mike Colbourne said: "First and foremost our thoughts are with the friends and family of this young girl who has died in such tragic circumstances. We have specialist officers supporting the families of the girl and the injured parties during this difficult time.
"We are continuing to investigate the cause of the collision and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, or the vehicle prior to the collision, to call police."
The road has remained closed today for investigations to be carried out, however it is due to be re-opened shortly.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw the VW Golf - which has a black bonnet and black roof - prior to the collision, is asked to contact police.
Call 101 quoting Operation Darwin with information. Witnesses can also contact the IPCC on 0800 096 9070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org