A road is likely to be closed “for some time” overnight following a serious crash in Salford.
Police, paramedics and fire crews are currently at the scene on Liverpool Road in Irlam after the incident, thought to have happened at about 8pm.
The collision, which witnesses say involved a motorbike, car and a pedestrian, happened outside St John’s Church.
A shotgun has been pictured in the road and within the police cordon, covered by a green sheet.
Pictures from the scene show a large number of officers at the scene, with a wide cordon in place. Armed police have also been in attendance and shut the road off, with forensic officers seen combing the area in the aftermath.
Greater Manchester Police have not issued a statement over the incident this evening. It is expected the road will remain shut for a considerable length of time into the early hours of Saturday morning.
One witness, who was among the first on the scene, said the collision involved a biker and a pedestrian. They both suffered head injuries, she said.
“I was there providing first aid,” she told the Manchester Evening News.
“Two men suffered head injuries, one was on a bike and one was a pedestrian. A witness told me a car had hit the bike and drove off hitting the pedestrian.”
A damaged motorbike has been seen within the police cordon, in the church grounds.
Fire crews could also be seen attending a burnt-out car in nearby Cutnook Lane shortly afterwards. It has been reported the vehicle was involved in the incident in Liverpool Road, however this has not been confirmed by police.
Drivers are being asked to find alternative routes and Transport for Greater Manchester has warned drivers to avoid the area.
In a tweet, MancTraffic said: “Liverpool Rd, Irlam serious crash UPDATE: Closure now from Vicarage Rd to Chapel Rd. Likely to be shut for some time.
“Liverpool Rd, Irlam CLOSED either side of Vicarage Rd. Reports of a motorcycle involved by St John’s Church. Police, Ambulance and Fire service on scene.”
The Manchester Evening News has approached GMP and NWAS for more information.
This is a breaking news incident. Follow our live blog below for updates as soon as we get them.
Road remains shut
Liverpool Road remains shut this evening after the serious incident tonight.
This concludes our rolling live coverage. We will bring you GMP’s statement on what has happened in Irlam this evening as soon as it is issued.
Accident investigators now at the scene
Accident investigators from GMP are now at the scene.
It is likely the road will remain shut for a number of hours into Saturday morning.
Forensic officers examining the scene
Forensic officers are continuing to examine the scene in Liverpool Road tonight.
A large cordon remains in place with the road likely to stay shut for a number of hours.
A damaged motorbike can be seen in the police cordon in nearby chruch ground, a witness has told the MEN.
The shotgun is still in the cordon, covered by a green sheet.
Latest images from Liverpool Road
Forensics now at the scene
Forensic officers are now inspecting the scene in Liverpool Road, Irlam, after the serious incident tonight.
We’re awaiting a comment from GMP on what has happened this evening.
Video of car fire near serious crash on Liverpool Road
Witness Sharron Odell recorded this video of the car fire on Cutnook Lane. The vehicle was found just four minutes away from the crash scene.
Car fire near scene ‘believed to be connected to crash’
Images have emerged of a car fire on Cutnook Lane.
The vehicle was located just a four minute drive from the crash scene.
The car fire is believed to be connected to the collision but this has not yet been confirmed by GMP.
Crime scene investigators arrive
Crime scene investigation officers have arrived at the collision site.
‘Car hit bike and drove off before hitting pedestrian’
One witness, who was among the first on the scene of the crash, said the collision involved a biker and a pedestrian. They both suffered head injuries, she said.
I was there providing first aid. Two men suffered head injuries, one was on a bike and one was a pedestrian. A witness told me a car had hit the bike and drove off hitting the pedestrian.
Gun found at scene
A witness took this photo of a shotgun at the scene. It has now been covered by a green sheet.
More from the scene
The cordon remains in place.
‘Shotgun’ pictured in road
What appears to be a shotgun has been pictured within the cordon.
Drivers warned of incident
Pictures from the scene
This is the scene currently in Liverpool Road.