Biker’s tragic crash: Pensioner, 79, arrested

The scene of the fatal road traffic accident on Southport New Road at Tarleton
The scene of the fatal road traffic accident on Southport New Road at Tarleton
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A 79-year-old man and a van driver have been arrested after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash.

The accident, involving a Yahama motorbike, a Ford Fiesta and white security van, happened at the junction of Blackgate Lane and the A565 Southport New Road in Tarleton at 5.45am yesterday.

The biker’s helmet is understood to have come off in the accident.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and was taken to Ormskirk Hospital.

The driver of the car, from Leyland, and the van driver, a 26-year-old man from Bolton who was working for security firm Loomis, were uninjured.

They were both treated for shock by paramedics at the scene.

Both were later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 79-year-old had been travelling from nearby vegetable packing business Huntapac on Blackgate Lane, where he is understood to have given a relative a lift to work.

Senior investigating officer, Sgt David Tonge from Lancashire police’s road policing unit, said: “I appreciate that this incident happened very early in the morning, but people would have been around, commuting to and from work at that time.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened or for anyone who saw any of the vehicles before the collision to come forward.

“We know the red Fiesta left Huntapac and we know the blue Yamaha motorcycle had travelled from Tarleton in the direction of Southport.

“The van was a cash-in-transit van and was also heading towards Southport.”

Sgt Tonge added the motorbiker’s family had been informed of his death and specially-trained officers were offering support to his family.

The Tarleton bypass was closed for six hours for accident investigations.

Call Lancashire police on 01772 614444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.