Two dead in bike crash

TWO South Yorkshire men have been killed in a motorbike crash as they rode back from the East Coast.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 10:38 am
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2007, 12:05 pm

The pair, from Swinton and Mexborough, were involved in a fatal collision as they led a convoy of four bikes back from Cleethorpes, on the B1203 at Swinhope near Market Rasen, just after 4pm on Saturday.

The rider was 43-year-old William Mansell, a lorry driver, of Manor Road, Swinton, and his pillion passenger was Martin Paul Rhodes, 31, a pipe fitter, understood to have lived in Mexborough.

Both men were taken to hospital after the collision with a car but died from their injuries. It is understood Mr Mansell, known as Bill, was leading the group of riders.

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Police said they believed the bike was travelling in convoy with three other motorbikes from the Swinton area and have appealed for witnesses.

Their red Yamaha YZF R1 motor cycle collided with a blue Renault Megane.

They were the 53rd and 54 fatal casualties on Lincolnshire's roads this year.

The driver of the Renault, a 29-year-old man from Immingham was not injured.

The road was closed until just after 10pm whilst the scene was examined and the wreckage cleared.

Sgt Dave Kay, of Lincolnshire Police's road policing unit, has appealed for witnesses to the collision or anyone who was in the area and saw either the red Yamaha or the blue Renault Megane just before the collision.

Meanwhile, a motorcyclist from Darton, Barnsley, is in the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield with life-threatening injuries after crashing into a hedgerow at Clayton yesterday morning.

The 44-year-old was riding a 750cc Suzuki with another biker when he lost control on a bend outside Lodge Farm in Churchfield Road, Clayton, and hit the hedgerow as his machine careered into a field.

He sustained head, neck and internal injuries which are said to be serious.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the collision.