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Motorcyclist dies in collision with cyclist near Settle

Motorcyclist dies in collision with cyclist near Settle

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:22am 25th June 2018. (Updated at 5:50pm 25th June 2018)

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision between a motorcycle and pedal cycle in the Settle area.

The incident occurred on the unclassified road between Wigglesworth and Rathmell at around 10.39am on Sunday (24 June 2018).

The pedal cyclist and the motorcycle were travelling in the same direction from Wigglesworth towards Rathmell, with the collision occurring as the motorcycle approached from behind.

Both men sustained life-threatening injuries and were airlifted from the scene.

Sadly, the rider of the Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle, a 36-year-old man from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, died at Leeds General Infirmary.

The pedal cyclist, 61-year-old Clive McAfee from Colne, is in a serious but stable condition at Royal Preston Hospital.

In a statement his family said: 

"Clive McAfee, of Emmott Lane, Laneshaw Bridge is an accomplished cyclist who cycles hundreds of miles every week and has cycled in many countries across the world. It is his greatest passion in the world.

Yesterday, Clive set off like any normal day and then for us that turned in to a nightmare. At 10.39am he was in collision with a motorcyclist and was airlifted to Preston Royal Infirmary.

We are very lucky to still have Clive, wonderful father to Laura and Robert and wife to Janet here with us today. Had he not been wearing his helmet he may not have been.

He has suffered fractures to his spine and neck and a collapsed lung. Of course, knowing the long term effects will take time. At this stage, he is awaiting an operation to stabilise his spine, which will probably take place tomorrow.

A retired Nurse, he is one of the most caring people you could meet. Someone must have been looking out for him yesterday.

We would like to offer our condolensces to the motorcyclist rider, who sadly lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The road re-opened at 2.50pm after the police completed a collision scene investigation.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward, as well as anyone who recalls seeing the manner of riding of either vehicle prior to the collision.

They also wish to thank the members of the public who stopped at the scene and assisted in administering first aid.

If you can help the investigation, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Pete Stringer. Or email pete.stringer@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Please quote reference number 12180112782.

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