Golborne woman dies after taxi crash

Flowers at the scene of the fatal rta
Flowers at the scene of the fatal rta

A YOUNG woman who was critically injured in a collision has died in hospital.

The collision happened shortly before 4am on Saturday on Twist Lane at the junction with Kendal Grove in Leigh.

Emma Houghton, 23, from the Golborne area, was a passenger travelling in the rear seat of a Ford Mondeo taxi when it collided with a Vauxhall Astra.

The driver of the taxi, 59-year-old Kenneth Grimshaw from the Leigh area, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.

Emma was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, but died last night.

The driver of the Astra, a 34-year-old man, was taken to hospital for treatment to serious leg injuries but has since been discharged.

Police Constable Paul Hailwood from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Our thoughts are very much with the families of Kenneth and Emma, as they try to come to terms with the devastating events of this weekend.

“We have specially trained officers supporting them as best we can at this difficult time and are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the circumstances leading up to this collision, so we can provide the families of all involved with some answers as to what exactly happened yesterday morning.

“We are asking for any witnesses that saw either the silver Astra or the metallic blue Mondeo taxi driving shortly before this incident occurred, to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741/4745.