A MOTORCYCLIST from Leigh has died after a crash with a car in Chorley.

The 23-year-old man was riding along Bolton Road just after 4pm yesterday when he crashed while trying to overtake.

The rider was one of two on 125cc motorbikes who were trying to overtake two slow moving vehicles near Albany Academy school.

The first was successful, but the second rider is said to have lost control and crashed head on with a Fiat Panda coming in the opposite direction.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with multiple injuries, but died a short time later.

Sgt Finn Quainton, from Lancashire police's road policing unit, said: “An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the collision but I would appeal to any witnesses to the collision to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

Bolton Road was closed for three and a half hours while police investigated the cause of the crash.