Investigation following police pursuit crash

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THE Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched a probe after a man was seriously injured in a crash during police pursuit in South Yorkshire.

Details of the incident were passed to the IPCC after officers were involved in a police pursuit in which a stolen car they were chasing crashed into a tractor travelling in the opposite direction.

Police pursued the stolen red Peugeot 306 following a theft from a shop in Thorne.

The vehicle collided with a JCB tractor travelling in the opposite direction on Station Road, Stainforth, at around 1pm on Monday.

The passenger of the car - a 19-year-old local man - was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.

The driver, another 19-year-old local man, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with a suspected fractured wrist, cuts and bruises.

He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking.

Three officers involved in the pursuit sustained slight neck and back injuries and were taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary but not detained.

n Witnesses should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 408 of Monday, May 21.