Teen seriously injured

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A teenage boy was seriously injured in a road accident in Atherton this morning (Thursday).

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area for the whole of the morning.

The incident happened on Bolton Road, near the junction with Newbrook Road, shortly after 7am.

A 16-year-old boy was on the pavement when a black Vauxhall Vectra appeared to lose control, mounted the kerb and collided with the boy. The car then further collided with a black Vauxhall Astra.

The victim suffered severe leg injuries. He has been taken to Hope Hospital where his condition is described as stable.

A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and remains in custody for questioning.

Bolton Road has been closed between Gloucester Street and Newbrook Road and the closure is likely to remain in place for most of the morning. No-one else was injured in the incident.

Chief Inspector Rachel Buckle, of the Serious Collision Reconstruction Unit, said: “We are at the very early stages of the investigation, so we cannot speculate on the cause of this collision.

“However, it appears the boy has suffered very serious injuries and we are hopeful that he makes a recovery.

“This part of Bolton Road will now be closed for a number of hours while the scene is examined so I would urge people to make alternative travel arrangements.

“I also want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or the driving of either vehicle before the collision.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Serious Collision Reconstruction Unit on 0161 856 4741.