A MAN has been arrested after a horror crash which left a woman dead and a man fighting for his life in hospital.

Officers were called to two collisions in Bolton on Sunday afternoon, when a blue Land Rover TD4 struck two pedestrians on two separate roads.

Shortly before 4pm, the car was travelling along Chorley Street when it left the road, mounting the pavement and hitting a 50-year-old woman, who tragically died at the scene.

The driver failed to stop, and carried onto St Georges Road before turning onto Chorley New Road.

A 36-year-old man, who was standing at the traffic island at the junction with Chorley Old Road, was then struck by the car, and remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Officers arrested the driver, a 51-year-old man, at the scene of the second crash on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving.

He remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Constable Emma Kennedy of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This is a dreadful incident where two members of public have been struck by the same vehicle a short distance apart.

“Specialist officers are looking after the families of both victims at this devastating time.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of the woman who has very sadly died, and with the family of the man who remains critically ill in hospital.

“It is absolutely essential that anyone with information, who saw the car prior to or shortly after these collisions makes contact with police.

“If you have CCTV or dash-cam footage that can assist us, please also get in touch as soon as possible.”

Emergency service vehicles remained on the scene for some time after the collision, with Chorley Street, Chorley New Road, and St Georges Road all closed in both directions for a number of hours.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed that paramedics were called to the scene after the crashes.

A dark coloured four-by-four had been spotted partially on the pavement near to the junction of Chorley New Road and Pembroke Street.

Cllr Richard Silvester, who represents the Horwich North East Ward, thanked the emergency services for their quick response to the horrific incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 0161 856 4741 or 101.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers, can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.