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JCB driver arrested after biker killed in Forton collision

A motorcyclist has died following a collision in Forton.

Police were called around 2.40pm yesterday (Thursday, May 21) to reports of a serious collision on Hollins Lane.

A man riding a Suzuki motorbike had been involved in a collision with a JCB Telehander. The rider, a 79-year-old man from Cabus, suffered serious head and chest injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the JCB, a 22-year-old man from Scorton, was not injured. He was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and drug-driving. He is currently in custody.

The road was closed for five hours while accident investigators attended the scene.

Police are appealing for information following the incident and are urging any witnesses to come forward.

Temp Sgt Martin Wilcock, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “An investigation is underway following a fatal road traffic collision in Forton.

“My thoughts are with the rider of the motorbike and his family at this sad and very difficult time. These are tragic circumstances and we are endeavouring to find out exactly what has happened.

“While we have made an arrest, I would encourage anyone who can assist with our enquiries to come forward. Did you see what happened, or have any dashboard mounted camera footage? If so, please come forward and contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 0912 of May 21.

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