/ Man critical after collision

A man is in a critical condition after a collision in Atherton.

At around 12.15pm, a red Honda motorbike was travelling along Leigh Road in Atherton away from the town centre when it was in collision with a silver Citroen C3 travelling in the opposite direction. This was at the junction with Hamilton Road.

The rider and the passenger of the motorbike were thrown from the bike causing a serious head injury to the passenger. He is currently in hospital in a critical condition. The driver was also injured and suffered a broken shoulder.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

Sergeant Danny Byrne, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is an extremely serious collision which has left one man fighting for his life in hospital. We are urging anyone who has any information about the collision or saw either vehicle travelling on Leigh Road beforehand to get in contact with police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4742 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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