Man fighting for life in hospital after serious crash on M66 near Bury - police appeal for witnesses

Greater Manchester Police are urgently appealing for anyone with information to come forward following the incident, which caused major delays for drivers.

A man is fighting for life in hospital following a serious crash on a motorway in Greater Manchester which has prompted an urgent appeal by the police for witnesses to come forward.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to the northbound carriageway of the M66 near Bury at around 7.15pm on Monday (16 January) after receiving reports of a collision between two vehicles.

A man in his 30s was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene and assisted officers with their investigation.

The crash caused significant disruption to motorists and traffic issues, and the police thanked drivers for their patience after their journeys were delayed while the scene was cleared and investigated. Police are now urgently asking anyone who saw what happened to speak to them.

PC Karl Horner from GMPs Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Officers and emergency services worked tirelessly to try and clear the scene and create a safe route for drivers and passengers. We were aware that the incident caused significant delays and I would like to thank the public for their patience.

“We would also like to appeal to any witnesses of this accident, or anyone who has dash-cam footage and was driving on the M66 northbound minutes before the incident, to come forward.

“No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at GMP on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 2976 of the date 16/01/2023. Information can also be reported online via the GMP website.

Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”