Police make an arrest following collision in Farnworth

Police investigating after a man was left in a life threatening condition following a collision in Farnworth have made an arrest. 

On Tuesday 3 October 2017, a 34-year-old man from the Bolton area was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has since been released under investigation. 

This is in connection with a collision on Plodder Lane that happened just before 8:35pm on Sunday 1 October 2017. Police were called to reports of a collision involving a Vauxhall Astra and a Skoda Octavia close to the junction with Harper Green Road. 

Officers attended and further enquiries established that the two had collided at the traffic light intersection, causing both cars to spin along the carriageway before coming to rest further along Plodder Lane.  

The driver of the Astra fled the scene before police attendance. 

Two men who were travelling in the Skoda were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 56-year-old driver has since been discharged but the 32-year-old passenger remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. 

Police are also appealing for the driver of a silver and black two tone Range Rover who may have witnessed the incident to come forward. 

Police Constable Neil Pennington of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a serious collision that has left a man in hospital requiring surgery and our thoughts remain with him at this difficult time. 

“We are now keen to speak to the driver of a silver and black two tone Range Rover that we believe may have witnessed the collision and have information that could prove vital to our investigation.  

“I would appeal directly to this driver to please come forward and speak to us, I want to stress that you aren’t in any trouble but it’s possible that you hold key information.” 

“Additionally, anyone with any information or dash-cam footage following this collision should also contact police.” 

Anybody with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

© Greater Manchester Police 2018