Four people have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a horrific collision in which a woman was killed.
Witnesses described the scene as like “a plane crash” – with glass raining down on nearby houses - following the three car smash with saw one vehicle completely crushed.
A woman in her 60s was killed in the collision, in Mansfield Road, Eastwood, shortly before 11pm on Tuesday.
Three men aged 21, 26, and 36, and a 20-year-old woman were questioned by detectives.
Dr Deborah Colville, 46, had been working on a computer by the window of her Mansfield Road home at the time.
She said: “The curtains were drawn but I heard a really loud bang followed by a noise that sounded like hail.
“I thought it was a truck that had hit something outside the house and lost some of its load.
“I went outside to see what was happening. There was one car basically crumpled and a horrendous smell of mangled metal. I thought it was going to blow up.
“I was just in shock but wanted to see if there was anything I could do.”
Dr Colville, an Open University lecturer, said a neighbour called 999 while she tried to help.
Police said the driver of a black Vauxhall Corsa was pronounced dead at the scene, outside the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre.
A blue Audi TT and silver Toyota Yaris were also involved in the collision.
Three people in the Audi were taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre and another person was taken to King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said a total of nine emergency vehicles attended the scene.
The road was closed until around 6am.
Yesterday flowers had been left at the scene of the smash.
Dr Colville added: “It turned out the noise was the sound of thousands of glass fragments covering my house and two others.”
“There were little bits of glass and metal raining down on us and that’s what we heard.
“There are still pieces of glass all over my drive, on our cars and on the roof.
“There were lumps of car scattered everywhere and a headlight down the road.
“It looked like a plane had crashed because it was all spread over such a large area.”
Dr Colville’s bus driver husband Anthony, 54, said: “I’ve seen a fair few crashes in my job but this was unbelievable.”
Their neighbour Lorraine Sullivan, 59, said she was “devastated”.
She said: “I ran out when I heard a bang. I called the police and was hysterical but they were here within minutes.
“I spent all of yesterday really upset. It’s just awful. I don’t know the woman but I’ve spent all day crying.”
Robert Wright, 63, who has lived there for 30 years, said: “It sounded like a tornado - it was horrible.
“We’ve had a couple of crashes down at the bottom of the road but I’ve never seen anything like this.”
A police spokesman said: “Police are appealing for anyone who saw a blue Audi TT in the Brinsley/Eastwood area prior to the collision to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously.”