Man dies after crash

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AN car passenger died as rush-hour traffic was brought to a standstill yesterday following a collision on a busy major road near Leigh.

The elderly man was travelling in a red Citroen Picasso that had collided with a lorry on the westbound side of the East Lancs.

Police closed the junction just after 4pm near to the Atherleigh bypass for a number of hours.

Firefighters and paramedics attended the scene to tend to the casualties.

Both drivers of the vehicles involved – have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

There were long tailbacks on both sides of the carriageway.