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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Police launch investigation after biker killed in Ulverston crash

POLICE are investigating following a fatal crash in Ulverston.

Two cars, a motorcycle and a pedal cycle were involved in the accident at Urswick Road, Ulverston, at around 5.30pm yesterday.

Local residents and paramedics attempted to revive the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Cumbria police spokesman confirmed the motorbike rider had died in the incident, which occurred at the junction of Birkett Drive and Urswick Road.

He said: “As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist received serious injuries and, despite the efforts of paramedics and local residents, was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The cyclist was flown by the North West Air Ambulance to Furness General Hospital with suspected arm and leg fractures. Both car drivers were uninjured.

Urswick Road, between the Birkett Drive and Meeting House Lane junctions, was closed for almost five hours while a police accident team carried out a scene investigation.

Police have said the identity of the motorcyclist will be revealed once family members have been contacted.

Police are asking any witnesses to contact PC 582 Phil Renney on 0845 3300 247.

Pat Appleton, co-ordinator of Croftlands Community Safety Group, said she wasn’t aware of any serious accidents on the road in the past.

She said: “I’m not aware of any accidents that have occurred there. But I know there have been a few issues with speeding vehicles. Obviously though, I’m not aware that speeding was a factor in this accident.”

Ulverston town councillor Jim Prosser, who lives on nearby Birkett Drive, said the police have tried to crack down on speeding problems in the area.

Cllr Prosser said: “We are plagued with speeding in Urswick Road. Residents have complained for some time and I as a councillor for the west of Ulverston have also complained myself. The police have tried and tried to curtail vehicles speeding, but it’s still really bad.”

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