TWO people have died and seven more are in hospital with serious injuries after a road traffic collision in Barugh Green this afternoon.

Police were called at 2pm to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles at the Barugh Green crossroads junction.

A police spokesman said: “Officers are currently attending alongside the fire and ambulance services. Two people have sadly been pronounced dead at the scene.

“A further seven people are receiving hospital treatment, where their injuries are serious, but not thought to be life-threatening.

“The crossroad junction which includes Cawthorne Road, Barugh Green Road and Higham Common Road is currently closed.

“We expect road closures to remain in place for a long period of time while emergency services conduct their work.”

Please avoid the area and plan alternative routes if possible.