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Man arrested after girl, 8, killed in Salford collision

A child has died following a serious collision in Salford.

Shortly before 10.40am today (Saturday 10 November 2018) police were called to reports of a collision between a blue Vauxhall Corsa and a pedestrian on Monton Road in Monton.

The pedestrian, an 8-year-old girl was treated by paramedics but was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in custody for questioning.

Monton Road is currently closed between Cavendish Road and Half Edge Lane.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Police Sergeant Lee Westhead, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Tragically a young child lost her life this morning and we are doing all we can to support her family at this devastating time.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with any information to please get in touch with my team on 0161 856 4741.”

“The road closures will remain in place throughout the afternoon as investigative work is carried out so please avoid the area where possible.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: “Over the past 24-hours there have been multiple serious collisions across Greater Manchester.

“A number of people have sadly lost their lives and even more tragically this has included children, with one as young as eight-years-old.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost someone, as well as those who are at hospital with loved ones who are critically ill.

“I also want to recognise the actions of first responders, along with our communities, who have no doubt been affected themselves.

“We are still in the early stages of establishing the circumstances surrounding these collisions but I think they serve as a stark reminder of the importance of road safety.

“It is, and will continue to be, a priority for GMP and we are dedicated to not only policing the roads but also working with partners to educate people on its importance.

“As people get into their cars this evening, I would ask you to please recognise the safety of yourself, other road users and pedestrians.

“Simple things such as watching your speed, planning your journey so you don’t feel the need to rush, avoiding alcohol and not being distracted by your phone could ultimately save lives.

“The evenings are also getting darker earlier and winter weather can make conditions challenging. If you’re cycling you should wear high-visibility clothing and have appropriate lights. If you are walking, please consider also wearing high-vis clothing and carrying a torch.

“I would urge anyone with information about any of these collisions to please contact our Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 and help our officers understand exactly how they occurred.”

Anyone with information should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number of 09/11/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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