Two pensioners die after being hit by car while crossing road in Wigan

By Tess de la Mare, PA

Two pensioners have been killed and a third seriously injured after being hit by a car in Wigan.

Emergency services were called to Upholland Road in Billinge at 8.15pm on Friday following reports three elderly pedestrians had been involved in a collision with a Ford Kuga.

A man in his 80s and a man and a woman in their 70s were rushed to hospital, where the men were later pronounced dead.

The woman remains in hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The three victims were crossing Upholland Road close to the junction at Longshaw Old Road when the accident occurred, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

No arrests have been made, the force said.

Police Sergeant Darren Hancock, of GMP’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “First and foremost, I want to extend my sincere condolences to the families of the men who died following the collision on Upholland Road last night.

“We are working to provide their loved ones with support from specially-trained officers as they come to terms with their loss.

“Local residents may notice an increased police presence in the area as we conduct further enquiries and we are appealing to anyone with information or dashcam footage that can assist us to please get in touch.”

At around the same time, GMP officers were called to a collision to the M66 near Bury after a pedestrian was killed after being hit by multiple vehicles.

It is understood the male victim was thrown from the northbound carriageway to the southbound carriageway after being struck by a vehicle.

He was hit by further vehicles on the southbound carriageway.

Anyone with any information on either collision is urged to contact GMP or call Crimestoppers anonymously.