Teen dead after van being chased by police crashes into wall

The teenager was driving the silver Vauxhall van and was pronounced dead at the scene, say police

A teenager is dead after a van being chased by police went off a road and smashed into a wall.

The 19-year-old man was driving the silver Vauxhall van when it crashed near Manchester city centre at about 11.40pm on Saturday, say police.

Greater Manchester Police began a pursuit of the van just before the collision after the vehicle failed to stop for officers, the force said.

A witness, who lives nearby, said they heard a car travelling at speed, followed by sirens and a “huge” bang coming from underneath a bridge.

The witness said they went to the scene and saw CPR being performed.

The teenage driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and a passenger was detained by police a short time later.

The passenger was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

A person who lives nearby told the Manchester Evening News they heard a car travelling at speed, followed by sirens.

The resident said: “I’d assumed they were chasing the vehicle.

“Shortly after there was a loud bang coming from inside the tunnel.

“When I walked across to find out what had happened they were performing CPR.

“They were certainly travelling at speed though, the sound of the crash was huge.”

Police said specialist officers are supporting the family of the teen who died.