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Woman, 21, dies after Middleton collision

A woman has died following a collision in Middleton.

Shortly after 11.55pm on Friday 9 November 2018, police were called to reports of a collision between a black Peugeot 3008 and two pedestrians on Rochdale Road in Middleton.

The pedestrians, a 21-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man were taken to hospital where the woman sadly died from her injuries.

The man suffered a broken wrist and severe bruising but has since been released from hospital.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drink driving. He remains in custody for questioning.

Rochdale Road was closed at the junction with Mellalieu Street and Long Street but was reopened this morning.

Police Inspector Danny Byrne, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A young woman tragically lost her life this morning and a man was injured following this collision and we have specially trained officers supporting her family as they process this devastating news.

“A section of Rochdale Road was closed until shortly after 7am this morning whilst investigative enquiries were carried out and while we have a man in custody, I would continue to urge anyone with any information that could assist our enquiries to please get in touch.”

“I’m particularly keen to here from anyone who saw the collision or the Peugeot driving beforehand to contact us”.

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 2598 of 09/11/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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