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Couple die in red light car crash in Reading

A couple died when a car was driven through a red light and collided with the rear of another vehicle in Reading on Wednesday night.

Police had seen the Ford Mondeo go through a red signal on Tilehurst Road and accelerate away after blue lights on the police car were switched on.

A short distance later it collided with the couple's small hatchback car.

The occupant of the Mondeo, a 31-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is assessing the incident, which happened at about 2320 GMT, Thames Valley Police said.

Died at scene

A police spokesman said: "A patrolling police vehicle saw a Ford Mondeo car drive through a red traffic signal at the junction of Castle Hill and the Tilehurst Road.

"Following the illumination of blue lights on the police vehicle, the Mondeo accelerated away.

"A short distance later, at the junction with Western Elms Avenue, the Mondeo collided with the rear of a small hatchback car which had been travelling in the same direction."

The occupants, a local man, 54, and his 49-year-old wife, died at the scene.

Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by family and a police family liaison officer.



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