Teens hurt in crash 'fireball'

A MOTORBIKE exploded in a 'massive fireball' after three teens rode it into a car and a garden wall.

The boys lost control of the bike, believed to be stolen, and hit a car in Taylor Hall Lane, Mirfield, at 11.30pm on Saturday, before striking the wall.

One suffered head injuries, another broke both legs and one broke a leg and an elbow.

None of the teenagers was wearing a helmet.

A witness said she looked out after hearing a bang and saw what she described as a "massive fireball".

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: "I rang the fire brigade and the police and all I could hear was screaming."

Two of the boys, aged 14 and 16, have been named locally as brothers Anton and Brandon Copperwaite.

The third boy, aged 14, has not been named.

Two were treated at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

The third went to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. A police spokesman said their injuries were not life threatening.

Neighbour Jos Walker, whose wall was hit, said she had been awake during the night and saw the commotion outside.

She said: "When I looked out there was an ambulance and a fire engine.

"There was a young man lying on the pavement outside and it looked like somebody was trying to revive him, but I don't think they did before he was carried out to the ambulance."

Mirfield fire station crew manager John Jackson said: "The three youths on the motorcycle ran into a car and a wall, came off and injured themselves.

"They weren't wearing helmets and we had to use trauma packs.

"The bike was on fire and one of our firefighters put it out.

"We took care of the boys until ambulance crews arrived.

"We would advise anyone riding a motorcycle to do so with care. And wearing a helmet is of the utmost importance."

Police investigations are ongoing.

Witnesses should call police on 0845 6060606.