A MOTORCYCLIST was killed in a tragic collision on a Fylde coast road.
Police said the biker, believed to be a Poulton man in his 30s, was travelling along Blackpool Old Road in the market town, when he came off his black Kawasaki motorbike at the junction with Belmont Avenue at around 5.30pm yesterday.
The motorcycle skidded and collided with an on-coming Ford Focus leaving the rider with fatal injuries.
Concerned members of the public rushed to his aid and attempted to keep the man alive until an ambulance arrived.
Mark Dawson, manager of Janie’s Place fish and chip shop saw the crash happen outside his business.
He told The Gazette: “I saw the bike coming around the corner and he looked like he lost control and slid on his side and into the bumper of the car. The driver jumped out but he couldn’t see the motorcyclist at first because he had slid under the car. A bus driver and another local businessman ran over and at first I thought the cyclist was OK because they were talking to him but then all of a sudden they were giving him CPR.”
The rider was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but died from his injuries.
The male driver of the Ford Focus was not injured in the collision but was treated for shock.
Police closed the road for two hours while officers carried out accident investigations and examined the area for clues as to what caused the crash.
Amy Jones, a worker at the chip shop, said the corner where the incident occurred was a “blind bend”. She said: “I wouldn’t say it was a notorious road but it is a tight bend at this point, especially coming from Poulton.
“The rider seemed to have lost control on the bend, he just slipped over and that was that.
“It was horrible to see. I couldn’t see any visible injuries but when the people who had rushed over started trying to resuscitate him I knew it was serious. Someone phoned an ambulance and then about 20 minutes later the police arrived as well.
“Everyone is stunned by what has happened.”
Senior investigating officer Sgt John Allwright, from Blackpool’s road policing unit, said officers would be offering support to the family of the tragic rider.
He added: “It was a two vehicle road traffic accident where a motorcyclist, for reasons as yet unknown, has come off and fallen into the path of an oncoming motor car and sustained fatal injuries.
“Specially trained officers will be supporting the family during this very difficult time and anyone with information should contact us.”
Witnesses are asked to call police on 0845 125 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.