Biker dies as driver arrested after crash on East Lancs Road

A biker has died following a crash with a lorry on East Lancashire Road.

Police were called at 6.35am this morning, to reports a motorbike had been in collision with a bin lorry on the westbound carriageway of the East Lancs between Moorgate Road and the slip road for the M57.

The rider of the bike, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The driver of the bin lorry stopped at the scene and is assisting police with inquiries. A 33-year-old man, who was driving a third vehicle, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs. He remains in custody.

The east and westbound carriageways of the East Lancashire Road remain closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Police are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or the movements of the vehicles prior to the collision to contact them.

Detective Sergeant Andy Roper, Lead Investigating Officer from the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family, who must be understandably devastated by what has happened. We will continue to support them and work hard to provide them with answers.

“An investigation into what happened in the run-up to the collision remains ongoing and we have spoken to a number of witnesses.

“We are also in the process of examining CCTV and dashcam footage. We would ask anyone who was travelling along either carriageway of the East Lancashire Road at around 6.30am who saw or heard anything or believes they captured something on their dashcam to contact us as a matter of urgency.

"Even if you are unsure if your dashcam has captured anything or not, we would welcome contact to allow us to check. We can collect the footage in person or we could send you a link to upload it."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit on (0151) 777 5747, email, or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 24000422504.

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