TWO brothers were killed after their car hit a tree in Wyke.
They have been named as Christopher and Sam Blowman.
Shortly before the accident the car in which the two victims were travelling had failed to stop for police.
The whole of Woodside Road was closed after the accident which split their car, a Ford Focus, in two.
The families of the two Wibsey men, a 31-year-old and 27-year-old, have been informed.
The road re-opened at around lunchtime yesterday.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “We arrived at the scene following a call from a member of the public.
“On arrival of police at the scene it was established that the vehicle was the same that had driven past a police patrol car on Manchester Road shortly before.
The vehicle failed to stop at the request of the officers who put on their lights but the vehicle drove out of sight.
“The police helicopter was called to check the area for the vehicle.”
He said the Independent Police Complaints Commission would be investigating which was routine.
Patricia and Paul Harper of Park Bottom heard the crash.
Patricia said: “I was watching television and I heard a car go very quickly and a big bang, which was very loud. I went out to look and two cars had stopped and people started calling emergency services on their mobile phones. I waited for my husband to come home from work and we went out to have a look. It was horrible.”
Paul said: “I have seen a few crashes but nothing like that. It is a very dangerous road and cars do drive very fast.”
Another resident said: “I heard a huge bang, I thought it was a gun shot. I saw all the blue lights outside and came out to have a look. A car had hit the tree. There was about five police cars, the collision team, and ambulances and fire engines. The traffic soon built up waiting to come through.”
A resident from St Mark’s Avenue said he heard the bang and the sirens. “The road was closed but we didn’t realised the seriousness of the thing until this morning.”
One couple said they heard an horrendous bang. “It is an accident waiting to happen along the road. We heard the bang but the emergency services were brilliant and attended so quickly.”
Fire crews from Brighouse and Bradford, a collision team, patrol cars and ambulances were at the scene until the early hours.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to contact the Major Collision and Enquiry Team on the non emergency number 101.