Two children have been killed and their mother seriously injured in a crash just moments after two other cars were spotted “racing”.
The boys, aged 23 months and 10 years old, were passengers in a BMW car with their mother, when they were caught up in what one witness described as a “massive” multi-vehicle smash.
Three cars, also including a Bentley and an Audi S3, were involved in the collision on the Birmingham New Road at the junction with Lawnswood Avenue in Wolverhampton at 8.45pm on Thursday, West Midlands Police said.
A witness said their son spotted two vehicles “racing” towards the junction, before the BMW was struck with an “almighty bang”.
The 31-year-old driver of the Bentley was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The driver of the Audi left the scene, police added.
Investigators have urged anyone who recalled seeing a white Bentley Continental convertible and a blue Audi S3 travelling along Birmingham New Road around the time, to get in touch.
Police have also appealed directly to the Audi driver to “make contact”.
The force has confirmed the speed of the vehicles involved is one line of enquiry being pursued.