DETECTIVES are seeking a man who left the scene of an horrendous road collision which caused the front of a Chester pub to collapse with a family inside.
It is believed he may have been the driver of a BMW X5 involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Astra which intruded into The Bridge Inn, Tarvin Road, Boughton, causing a partial collapse of the building.
The shocking incident happened yesterday (Sunday) about 6.40am.
Two men and a woman, all from the vehicles, are currently in a ‘serious but stable condition’ in hospital. Everyone from the pub, including Paul and Alice Lloyd, who run the premises, and their two young children, a friend and the pub cleaner, escaped unharmed.
Cheshire Police scrambled the force helicopter to search for the missing man at the time.
A police statement released today said: “Detectives are making enquiries to trace a fourth man in connection with the incident who was believed to have been travelling in one of the cars. This man may be in need of medical treatment given the severity of the collision. Police urge this man to make contact with Cheshire Police as a priority.”
It took firefighters about an hour to free the male Astra driver from the wreckage which was underneath the BMW with large blocks of stone from the pub balanced precariously on the crushed roof, having missed his head by just two inches.
The Astra driver and a man and woman from the BMW were taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where they are being treated for serious injuries.
Police closed the road to allow a scene examination to be carried out.
The full circumstances surrounding the collision are being established and any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 274 of 1st July.
Meanwhile, well wishers have sent messages of support to Paul and Alice Lloyd and family through Facebook.
Alice replied: “Thanks everyone for your messages. Homeless, jobless but all in one piece. Thanking our lucky stars right now. x”