A motorcyclist was killed in Bolton town centre following a collision with a lorry during rush hour on Thursday 5 September.

The incident left the victim, named as 59-year-old Michael Stockton, trapped under the front wheel of the driver’s side of the HGV tipper truck.

Motorbike in front of lorry

Bradford Street was closed to all traffic travelling in the direction of Bolton following the incident.

He was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital but was pronounced dead a short while later. Police are now appealing for any eye witnesses to come forward.

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death while driving without due care following the crash but has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Mr Stockton suffered injuries to his head, chest and limbs and went into cardiac arrest.

The incident occurred just after 9am at the top of the slip road from St Peter’s Way to Bradford Street, The Haulgh.

Eyewitness Neil Tong told local press that he heard a “screeching noise and a thud” before turning around to “realise it was the motorcyclist beneath the wheel”.

He said: “It wasn’t until I turned around that I realised what had happened.”

“Then it was all pandemonium after that. I called the ambulance and once they arrived I saw them trying to save him.

“That image will stick with me forever. It was a terrible thing to see and I’ll never forget it.”

Mr Stockton’s family has since paid tribute to a “loving husband, father and grandfather” in a statement given through the police.

Bradford Street was closed to all traffic travelling in the direction of Bolton following the incident as officers from the serious collision unit investigated what had happened.

Lampkin & Co specialist motorcycle injury solicitors represent victims seriously injured in motorcycle accidents, as well as families who have lost loved ones as a result of fatal road traffic accidents.

Mark Lampkin, a solicitor who specialises in motorcycle accident claims at the firm, said: “We see a number of cases in which motorcyclists are either seriously injured or sadly, killed in collisions involving HGV’s. Motorcyclists are incredibly vulnerable and should ensure they take all measures possible to reduce risk – wear hi-vis gear, motorcycle headlight on and above all ride defensively and safely.”

Read more about Lampkin & Co’s expertise in relation to motorcycle accidents.