A cyclist and a pedestrian have died and a third person is seriously injured after they were hit by a car before it smashed into a house.
Police scrambled to the scene in Coventry at around 8am on Sunday following reports that three people had been seriously injured in a horror crash.
A 44-year-old pedestrian was ploughed into first before a cyclist was hit a short time later, reports Coventry Live.
Both were rushed into hospital, but critical care staff were not able to save them and they later died of their injuries.
A second pedestrian who was crashed into in the city centre suffered injuries, though these are not thought to be life-threatening.
Officers from the force’s drone team and dog unit launched into a hunt for the suspect, who reportedly made off when the car collided with a house.
A 33-year-old man was located at around 9am and is being questioned in connection with the collisions, police said, adding that the families of ‘all those involved’ have been informed.
Tributes were paid by stunned members of the local community on social media in the wake of the incident.
One wrote ‘Rest in peace to the poor souls who lost their lives’, while another person said: ‘So very sad – two lives lost, RIP’.
A social media user wrote: ‘Sounds horrific. Thoughts are with all the family and friends of those affected and all the officers dealing with this incident. So sad, thinking of those families involved in this terrible ordeal.’
A fourth wrote: ‘So sad, thinking of those families involved in this terrible ordeal’.
Many local people spoke of their shock at the deaths, and some described hearing an emergency services helicopter in the area on Sunday morning.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson earlier wrote on social media: ‘We’ve arrested a man after we were called to reports of several collisions in Coventry this morning.
‘We were called to Gosford Street, Coventry at around 8am to reports that three people, which included two pedestrians and a cyclist, had been seriously injured.
‘It’s believed that the car was involved in several collisions before colliding into a house on Beckbury Road.
‘Two pedestrians, in separate incidents, were struck on Gosford Street followed by a collision with a cyclist on Woodway Lane.
‘Officers including the drones team and dog unit were called to search for the suspect after a man made off from the scene.
‘At around 9am a man was arrested on Beckbury Road, Coventry and is currently helping police with their enquiries.’