A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a crash in Farnworth which left another man fighting for his life.

The 34-year-old driver, from Bolton, was arrested on Tuesday following the crash in Plodder Lane on Sunday night.

He has since been released under investigation.

The crash involved a Vauxhall Astra and a Skoda Octavia, close to the junction with Harper Green Road at around 8.30pm.

Police say their inquiries had established the two had collided at the traffic lights, causing both cars to spin along the carriageway before coming to rest further along Plodder Lane.

The driver of the Astra fled the scene before the police arrived.

Two men, who were travelling in the Skoda, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 56-year-old driver has since been discharged but the 32-year-old passenger remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Police are also appealing for the driver of a silver and black two-tone Range Rover who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

Police Constable Neil Pennington of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a serious collision that has left a man in hospital requiring surgery and our thoughts remain with him at this difficult time.

“We are now keen to speak to the driver of a silver and black two tone Range Rover that we believe may have witnessed the collision and have information that could prove vital to our investigation.

“I would appeal directly to this driver to please come forward and speak to us.

“I want to stress that you aren’t in any trouble but it’s possible that you hold key information.

“Additionally, anyone with any information or dash-cam footage following this collision should also contact police.”

Anybody with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.