Two children are critical in hospital following collisions in Heywood.
Yesterday evening (Friday 9 November 2018), police were called to two separate reports in the town.
Officers were called shortly before 5.40pm to a collision between a grey Toyota Prius and an 11-year-old girl near Heywood Sports Centre on West Starkey Street.
The girl was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
The driver remained at the scene to speak with officers and no arrests have been made.
West Starkey Street was closed while investigative work was carried out but the road has since reopened.
Later that evening about 8.15pm, police were called to another collision on Bridge Street between a silver Toyota Corolla and a 12-year-old girl.
Officers arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He remains in custody for questioning.
The girl was taken to hospital where she too remains in a critical condition.
The A58 Bury New Road was closed at the junction with Peel Street and Pilsworth Road while investigative work was carried out but the road has since reopened.
Police Inspector Danny Byrne, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Two girls suffered serious injuries following these unrelated collisions and we are doing everything we can to support their families at this difficult time.
“Two investigations were launched and I would appeal to any witnesses or anyone with any information that could assist our enquiries to please get in touch.”
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 on the West Starkey Street collision should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1694 of 09/11/18.
Information on the Bridge Street collision should also be passed on to GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit quoting incident number 2090 of 09/11/2018.
Reports or information on either collision can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.