Lorry driver arrested after woman and boy, 14, die in M58 crash near Wigan

The two victims “suffered injuries which proved fatal”, Lancashire Police said.

Officers have not named them as they are in the process of contacting next of kin.

A number of other people are being treated in hospital for serious injuries, the force added.

The HGV driver – a 31-year-old man from Chorley – is in custody after being detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police were called to an area of the M58 between junctions 3 and 4 westbound, near Wigan, at 9am on Tuesday.

An initial collision involved an HGV, a minibus and a number of other vehicles.

A second crash, shortly afterwards, involved an HGV, a van and a car, police added, resulting in serious injuries to two men and a woman.

Pictures from the scene showed a lorry carrying scaffolding material and a number of damaged cars.

Helen Green Purnell, who saw the aftermath as she was out walking dogs, said she had “never seen anything like it in my life”.

She added that “air ambulances were flying around” and it “looked very serious”.

Diversions are in place as the M58 remains closed in both directions while investigations continue.

:: Anyone who thinks they may know someone who was involved and would like to talk to police is advised to call 101 quoting log number 0523 of Tuesday 8 January.

Anyone with information about either collision should also call 101, quoting log number 275 of Tuesday 8 January.

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