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Mercedes wrecked after police chase in Middlesbrough

An 18-year-old girl had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of a car after a Ford Transit van being chased by police ploughed into a Mercedes outside a busy nightclub.

Marissa Bambro, from Middlebrough, said she was lucky to be alive after the white Mercedes she was a passenger in was struck by a van fleeing a police helicopter.

The 18-year-old took to Twitter to say: ‘A van was being chased by police in Middlesbrough went through a red light and crashed straight into us trapping us into chambers wall and destroyed the full car. The roof had to be cut off to get out.’

 

Pictures show the mangled wreckage of a white Mercedes hit by a Ford van following a police chase through a city centre. An 18-year-old girl had to be freed from the wreck 

The Mercedes, driven by Miss Bambro's friend Peter smashed into the wall of a popular nightspot, which was packed full of revellers at the time

The Mercedes, driven by Miss Bambro’s friend Peter smashed into the wall of a popular nightspot, which was packed full of revellers at the time

Adding in a later tweet: ‘I’m so lucky to be here.’

The Mercedes, driven by Miss Bambro’s friend Peter smashed into the wall of a popular nightspot, which was packed full of revellers at the time.

Sobbing clubbers watched in shock as firefighters cut the pair free from the wreck outside Chambers club in Middlesbrough last night.

Onlookers said a police helicopter was chasing a white Ford Transit van through the town centre when it smashed into the Mercedes.

‘It sent debris everywhere,’ said a spokesperson for Chambers.

‘The van came around the corner at about 60mph and hit the car’s side and took it off the road.

‘It sent both the van and the car spinning at least once, and the debris almost hit our bouncers who were a bit shaken up.

‘It wasn’t nice and it could have easily been so much worse..’

Sobbing clubbers watched in shock as firefighters cut the pair free from the wreck outside Chambers club in Middlesbrough last night

Sobbing clubbers watched in shock as firefighters cut the pair free from the wreck outside Chambers club in Middlesbrough last night

Tweets written by Marissa Bambro describe the harrowing events

Tweets written by Marissa Bambro describe the harrowing events

Miss Bambro said she had to be freed from the roof of the 'destroyed' white Mercedes

Miss Bambro said she had to be freed from the roof of the ‘destroyed’ white Mercedes

Miss Bambro and her friend Peter were knocked unconscious following the high-speed crash

Miss Bambro and her friend Peter were knocked unconscious following the high-speed crash

Another onlooker told the Gazette that four police vehicles were chasing the van, with officers arriving ‘seconds’ after the smash.

Three fire crews raced to the Wilson Street crash at around 11.20pm on Friday after police called for help.

The roof of the Mercedes had to be cut off to release the passengers, who were rushed to hospital.

Police are now probing the crash. CCTV footage from Chambers is expected to be used as part of the investigation.

Three fire crews raced to the Wilson Street crash at around 11.20pm on Friday after police called for help

Three fire crews raced to the Wilson Street crash at around 11.20pm on Friday after police called for help

The roof of the Mercedes had to be cut off to release the passengers, who were rushed to hospital

The roof of the Mercedes had to be cut off to release the passengers, who were rushed to hospital

A manager from the club rushed outside with a fire extinguisher to help prevent the Mercedes from bursting into flames.

Firefighters then spent over an hour at the scene as the road was closed off, while revellers continued to party inside.

The venue will be open again tonight.

A manager from the club rushed outside with a fire extinguisher to help prevent the Mercedes from bursting into flames

A manager from the club rushed outside with a fire extinguisher to help prevent the Mercedes from bursting into flames

Firefighters then spent over an hour at the scene as the road was closed off, while revellers continued to party inside

Firefighters then spent over an hour at the scene as the road was closed off, while revellers continued to party inside

Around an hour after the incident, Cleveland Police posted on Facebook that the van had ‘failed to stop’ for them, before the crash happened.

The force added: ‘The 30-year-old male driver of the van was detained at the scene and has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences.

‘Inquiries are on-going.’ 

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