A MAN has died after a car collided with a tree on Southworth Road in Newton-le-Willows last night, Monday.

Police are investigating the fatal collision after it was reported at 10.30pm that a white Ford Kuga had been travelling along Southwood Road in the direction of Church Street.

It reportedly left the road and collided with a tree close to the junction of Mere Road.

A 35-year-old man died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

A second man, in his 30s, was also injured. It is not thought any other vehicles were involved.

A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs. He is currently in custody.

There are road closures in the area while accident investigation work is carried out and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

DS Andy Roper, from Merseyside Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the man who sadly passed away.

“Enquiries are in the very early stages as we seek to establish what has taken place and we were appealing for any motorists who were driving in the area of Southworth Road who think they captured anything on their dash cam to contact us.

“Investigation work is ongoing and I would like to thank motorists and those living locally for their patience while this important work is being carried out.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any dashcam footage of the collision is asked to call Merseyside Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0151 777 5747, email SCIU@merseyside.police.uk, or DM @MerPolCC on Twitter, quoting reference 24000517191.