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Four injured in M58 motorway crash near Wigan

Lorry driver is arrested for death by dangerous driving after boy, 14, and woman die in crash on M58 motorway

  • Horror smash injured four between Junctions 3 and 4 of M58 near Wigan today 
  • One man, two teenage boys and a woman taken to hospital after 8.45am crash
  • 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 man driving a lorry had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.  

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 second collision is believed to have taken place after the first main crash. 

Both lanes of the road have been closed while police and paramedics are still at the scene, with delays expected for several hours.    

A man in his 60s is fighting for his life and three others have been injured in a horrific crash on the M58 near Wigan (crash scene pictured)

A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘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.’

The horror smash happened between junctions three and four of the M58 at 8.45am today 

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 

Images from the scene show a white van crashed in a field by the side of the road having veered off the carriageway 

A witness said of the crash: 'It looked very serious. I've never seen anything like it in my life.'

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

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 

A fire engine is pictured at the side of the M58 near Wigan today after the horrific crash 

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