Boy, 11, dies after being hit by a bus while cycling


Police at the scene of the crash on Vernon Street in Bolton (Picture: MEN Media)

An 11-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a bus while cycling in Bolton.

The tragedy happened on Vernon Street on the outskirts of the town centre at around 1.40pm on Friday.

Police said they were called to ‘reports of a road traffic collision between a cyclist and a bus’.

The youngster was declared dead at the scene.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: ‘No arrests have been made at this time and the driver of the bus is assisting officers with their enquiries.’

A cordon was put in place at the roundabout junction with Prince Street and Merehall Drive, with the roads closed immediately afterwards as emergency services dealt with the aftermath and carried out enquiries.

A bike could be seen laying on its side inside the cordon whilst officers could also be seen looking underneath the bus.

Police at the scene (Picture: MEN Media)

The cordon and road closures remain in place tonight with officers’ enquiries continuing.

The bus involved is said to be a 501 service heading to Farnworth.

Officers are now appealing to any witnesses – particularly passengers who were on the bus in question – to please make contact with them.

Anyone with information is urged to call 0161 856 4741 or 0161 856 8802.

Reports can also be made on the GMP website or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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