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  • Woman and 14-year-old die following two collisions on M58

    Henry James

    A WOMAN and a 14-year-old boy have died in one of the two collisions which took place on the M58 in West Lancashire yesterday (Tuesday, January 8).

    They were involved in the first incident, which happened at about 8.45am between junctions three (Bickerstaffe) and four (Skelmersdale), and included a number of vehicles, an HGV and a minibus.

    It also saw a man in his 60s taken to the major trauma unit at Aintree Hospital. Another teenager is being treated in hospital as well. As the Champion went to press no other details could be released as the police were contacting next of kin. Police have said: “A number of other people also suffered serious injuries and are being treated at hospital.”

    The driver of the HGV, a 31-year-old-man from Chorley, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was in in custody on Tuesday evening.

    Shortly afterwards a second collision took place on the same stretch, at 10.15am involving an HGV, a van and a car. As a result of this collision a woman in her 90s also suffered serious injuries. Two men were also seriously injured.

    A post on Lancashire Police's social media account said: “We are working closely with partner agencies and the motorway remains closed in both directions for accident investigations. Diversions are in place.

    “Our thoughts are with all of those affected by today’s tragic incidents. Anyone who is concerned that someone they know may have been involved and who needs to speak to police should call 101 quoting log number 0523 of today (Tuesday, January 8th).

    “Anyone with information about either collision should call 101 quoting a different log number, 275 of today (Tuesday, January 8th).”

    A post on the Skelmersdale Police social media site added: “Please be aware that we are currently at the scene of a collision involving multiple vehicles on the M58.

    “A full closure is in place between J3 at Bickerstaffe and J4 at Skelmersdale in both directions. Please avoid the area where possible.

    “The closure will be in place for some time so please bear with us.”

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