Police issue arrest update after two men die in crash between motorbike and car

Ormskirk Road in Wigan
Ormskirk Road in Wigan -Credit:Manchester Evening News

A driver who was arrested after a fatal crash in Wigan has been released on bail, police have confirmed.

Two men tragically died in the crash between a motorbike and a car on Ormskirk Road, near the junction with Billinge Road, at around 7.15pm on Saturday evening (April 13). A Peugeot 408 collided with a Suzuki GSR750 motorbike, police said.

Both the driver of the motorbike and a passenger 'became unseated'. Tragically, a 21-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene 'due to the impact'.

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A 56-year-old man was rushed to hospital, but sadly died a short time later from his injuries. The driver of the car - a 41-year-old man - was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and causing serious injury by careless driving.

In an update issued this morning (April 16), a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said he has since been released on bail. Any witnesses of the incident should contact GMP's Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

On Sunday, PC Philip Drummond from our Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "This is another extremely upsetting and tragic collision that has happened in recent days in Wigan and our thoughts remains with their loved ones.

Our enquiries are ongoing and continuing at pace from last night and we are now appealing to the local community to come forward if they saw anything or have access to doorbell or dashcam CCTV to help us establish further the moments leading up to the collision.

"I’d like to thank residents in the area for their continued understanding and co-operation whilst we worked overnight and today at the scene along with other emergency services colleagues. Anyone with information or detail that may help us, I would encourage you to contact us direct on 0161 856 4741 or 101 quoting incident 2751 of 13/04/2024.

"Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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