Man questioned after hit-and-run

Andover Advertiser: Police at the scene of a hit-and-run crash in Lower Hanham Road, Bristol Police at the scene of a hit-and-run crash in Lower Hanham Road, Bristol

A 38-year-old man is being questioned by police after handing himself in following a hit-and-run accident in which two cyclists were killed.

The man and a woman, who were believed to have been on a tandem bicycle, were struck and killed before the driver of a Citroen car fled the scene in Hanham, near Bristol.

A police source said the pair were believed to have been on a tandem.

Police were called to Lower Hanham Road shortly after 3.50pm on Sunday. A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "A 38-year-old man who left the scene of the collision has handed himself in at a police station and has been arrested. The road currently remains closed and investigations continue."

On Sunday night, a police cordon was set up around the scene of the crash with uniformed officers at each end. Forensic teams erected two white tents and crime scene investigators wearing white suits could be seen walking in and out from a scientific investigations van. Collision investigation teams were also at the scene taking pictures and measurements from the road.

Local resident Andrea Swerley, 28, said: "We've not seen anything like this before. We got home and saw a helicopter in the air overhead and looking up the road, which they were just closing, we could see lots of police. It's just a shock, nothing like this has happened here before."

Patrick Murphy, landlord of The Queens Head pub, said: "It's just not nice that this has happened around here."

Paramedics attended the scene to find the man and woman had suffered fatal injuries.

A spokeswoman for Great Western Ambulance Service said: "We took the call at 4pm reporting that a car hit two cyclists, a male and a female. We sent an ambulance, paramedics, a rapid response vehicle and had an officer at the scene to liaise with the other services. But unfortunately both the patients were beyond help at the scene."

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them on 101.

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