An 82-year-old woman has died in a collision in Rochdale, and a second woman has been fighting for her life in hospital, police said today. Greater Manchester Police said the 55-year-old man, who was a front passenger, was in critical condition.
According to the police, two cars were involved, an Audi and a Kia. A 24-year-old man who was driving the Audi was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, GMP added.
He remained in custody Saturday morning for questioning. The 82-year-old was driving the Kia, GMP confirmed. In a statement, the force said she was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
A 21-year-old man who was also in the Kia at the time received minor injuries. The collision was reported on Halifax Road, Littleborough at around 10.50pm on Friday evening.
In a statement, GMP said: “A man suspected of causing death by dangerous driving after a woman died in a road accident in Rochdale has been arrested. Officers have been called to the incident between two vehicles on Halifax Road, Littleborough at around 10.50pm on May 13, 2022.
“The 82-year-old female driver of a Kia was pronounced dead at the scene while the front passenger, a 55-year-old woman, is hospitalized in critical condition. A 21-year-old man in the same car was was slightly injured. The driver of the other car, aged 24, an Audi, is being questioned in police custody.”
The force urged anyone with information or dash cam footage to call the police on 0161 856 4741 citing incident 3464 of 13/05/2022. They said the information could also be reported online or by using the LiveChat feature at www.gmp.police.uk, or by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The road was closed in both directions at its junction with Schofield Street.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said five people had been taken to hospital in total, but this has not been confirmed by police.
The fire department said: “At 11:57 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022, three fire engines from Littleborough and Rochdale Fire Stations, along with Ashton’s Technical Response Unit attended a Traffic accident on Halifax Road, Littleborough The incident involved two cars and firefighters used lighting and hydraulic cutting equipment to extract the injured from the vehicles.
“Five people were taken to hospital by the North West Ambulance Service. Crews remained at the scene for one hour and forty minutes.”
Motorists were urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes. No other details were revealed.
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