Lorry driver is arrested for death by dangerous driving after boy, 14, and woman die in crash on M58 motorway
- Horror smash happened between Junctions 3 and 4 of M58 near Wigan today
- A woman and a 14-year-old boy died and another teenage boy and man injured
- Both sides of the motorway have been blocked off with hours of delays expected
A lorry driver has been arrested after a crash on the M58 killed a woman and a 14-year-old boy.
A man in his 60s, two teenage boys and a woman were rushed to hospital after the horror smash between Junctions 3 and 4 of the motorway near Wigan at 8.45am.
Police later confirmed the woman and one of the teenage boys died as a result of their injuries and a 31-year-old man driving a lorry had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The crash happened when a lorry and a minibus collided with a number of other vehicles. A second collision occurred when another lorry hit a white van and a car.
Pictures from the scene show a lorry carrying scaffolding, a white van crashed in a field on the side of the road and a number of other smashed up vehicles.
A woman and 14-year-old boy have died after a lorry and a minibus crashed with several other vehicles on the M58 near Wigan this morning
The road is closed in both directions while police and paramedics investigate at the scene, with delays expected for several hours.
In a statement, Lancashire Police said: ‘The collision, which happened between junctions 3 and 4 Westbound, involved an HGV, a minibus and a number of other vehicles.
‘Very sadly as a result of the collision two people, a woman and a 14-year old boy, suffered injuries which proved fatal. No further details can be released at this time as we are contacting next of kin.
‘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 is currently in custody.
The horror smash happened between junctions three and four of the M58 at 8.45am today
Images from the scene show a white van crashed in a field by the side of the road having veered off the carriageway
‘Shortly after the initial collision a second collision took place involving an HGV, a van and a car.
‘As a result of this collision a woman also suffered serious injuries. Two men were also seriously injured.’
A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said earlier: ‘One is in his early 60s and has major trauma injuries, the other two are in their mid-teens.’
They did not confirm if they were all travelling together.
A spokesman for Allied Scaffolding, the company who own the timber lorry, said: ‘We are fully aware of the situation and it is related to our company.
‘We are in full co-operation with the police and authorities and will give them our full support.
‘Our main concern at this stage is for those involved in the crash.’
A witness said of the crash: ‘It looked very serious. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.’
Helen Green Purnell, 48, a pharmacy assistant from Skelmersdale, saw the aftermath of the crash while out walking dogs.
She said: ‘All I can tell you is I saw the cars slowing down and as I got there and there was a white van that had fallen down in to the ditch.
‘It looked very serious. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
‘The air ambulances were flying around. I’ve never witnessed anything like this before.’
Two air ambulances, four land ambulances, police and fire engines are all in attendance following the crash between junctions 3 and 4 of the M58 near Wigan just after 8.45am today
A fire engine is pictured at the side of the M58 near Wigan today after the horrific crash
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