Motorcyclist killed in night time crash

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A 46-year-old motorcyclist who died following a crash in Todmorden has been named.

Raymond Harper of Todmorden died as a result of his injuries when his Honda motorcycle struck a kerb and a wooden fence on Halifax Road at 9.30pm on Monday night.

Residents rushed to the aid of Mr Harper who is originally from Salford.

One resident who lives nearby said he did not hear the crash but soon saw what had happened after he looked out of his dining room window. “There was no bang. I walked past the dining room and saw neighbours down with him in the road. The paramedics were not long but nothing could be done.

“He didn’t fly round the corner or we would have noticed that. He’s been really unlucky,” he said.

The road was closed for several hours. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Major Collision and Enquiry Team on 101.

Two days earlier two women were taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on Rochdale Road.

The air ambulance had to be called following the smash involving a Mini and a Renault Clio and the road was closed for several hours.

The incident occurred at around 6.15pm on Saturday (June 22) on Rochdale Road, Walsden, close to the Bird I’ The’ Hand pub, when the two cars crashed travelling in opposite directions.

A 22-year-old woman was driving the Mini and had to be extracted by emergency services after becoming trapped. She was taken in the air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.

The driver of the Renault Clio was a 53-year-old man and his passenger, a woman in her fifties, was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital with serious injuries.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact PC Glover, of the Western Area Roads Policing Team, on 101.