Rochdale man ‘in sixties’ mowed down by lorry and killed in rush hour collision

A Rochdale man, believed to be in his sixties, has tragically been knocked down and killed during this morning’s rush hour.

Police received a report that a lorry had collided with a man on Blackstone Avenue at 9:15am.

Emergency services attended the man but he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are currently trying to trace his next-of-kin and he has not yet been formally identified.

Sergeant Brian Orr of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This is clearly a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life and we are currently working to identify members of his family, who we will then be providing support to at this harrowing time for them.”

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in custody for questioning.

Sergeant Orr added: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this collision and I would ask for anyone that witnessed this incident, or perhaps saw the lorry shortly before, to please contact police.”

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742.

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