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Motorcyclist killed, cyclist seriously injured in North Yorkshire crash

Police appeal for witnesses to collision near Settle on Sunday morning

North Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed and a cyclist left with life-threatening injuries following a collision near Settle on Sunday morning.

The pair were travelling in the same direction on an unclassified road between Wigglesworth and Rathmell at around 10.39am when the crash happened.

Officers said that the motorcyclist, a 36-year-old man from Rochdale, Greater Manchester riding a Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle, was approaching the cyclist from behind when the collision happened.

Both he and the cyclist, a 61-year-old man from Colne, Lancashire, sustained life-threatening injuries and both were taken to hospital by emergency helicopter.

The motorcyclist subsequently died at Leeds General Infirmary, while the cyclist remains in a serious but stable condition at the Royal Preston Hospital..

Police praised members of the public who stopped to administer first aid at the scene.

They have also appealed for anyone who saw the collision, or who can remember the way either the cyclist or motorcyclist was riding beforehand, to come forward.

Anyone with information is requested to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Pete Stringer, or otherwise email pete.stringer [at], in both cases quoting reference 12180112782.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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