Motorcycle couple killed at Gisburn accident blackspot

Lancashire Telegraph: ‘NASTY STRETCH’: The crash involved no other vehicles and happened on the A682 Burnley Road, Gisburn ‘NASTY STRETCH’: The crash involved no other vehicles and happened on the A682 Burnley Road, Gisburn

A HUSBAND and wife were killed after their motorcycle crashed off a notorious East Lancashire road.

Keith Lowcock, 55, and his wife Elaine, 48, from Heywood, near Rochdale, died after being thrown from their Honda CBR 1100 on the A682 Burnley Road in Gisburn yesterday.

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses following the crash and a council chief has vowed to press for action on the road, one of the most dangerous in East Lancashire.

The couple were riding down Burnley Road towards Barrowford at around 5.30pm when they lost control on a left-hand bend close to Howgill Lane and hit a wire fence, police said.

Paramedics offered emergency first aid but Mr Lowcock died at the scene.

His wife was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary but died later.

Traffic officers have launched an investigation into the crash. It is understood no other vehicles were involved.

A Lancashire Police spokes-woman urged witnesses to come forward and help with the investigation.

Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, is councillor for the area.

He said: “At one time this road was named the most dangerous in Europe but since then there has been some engineering work to make it a bit safer.

“It is a nasty stretch of road and unfortunately riders and drivers do push it.

“I would urge anyone to take care on that road.”

He said he would raise the issue of the road when he meets a top council director this week.

Family liaison officers were today with relatives of Mr and Mrs Lowcock.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Lancashire Police on 08451 253545.

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10:19pm Sat 16 Oct 10

cloud99 says...

It is very sad that more lives have been lost on this road, but it has nothing to do with the road, it's the people who use the road.
Many times while i have driven on this stretch of road, idiots come round corners on the wrong side of the road.
It is very sad that more lives have been lost on this road, but it has nothing to do with the road, it's the people who use the road. Many times while i have driven on this stretch of road, idiots come round corners on the wrong side of the road. cloud99

10:39pm Sat 16 Oct 10

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

To all involved I'm so sorry, I had so many years pleasure motorcycling, but when it all goes wrong so sadly these days it ends in total tragedy rip :(
To all involved I'm so sorry, I had so many years pleasure motorcycling, but when it all goes wrong so sadly these days it ends in total tragedy rip :( Michael@ClitheroeSince58

1:28am Sun 17 Oct 10

m.leyland says...

myself & 2 friends were riding along the same road minutes after this happened.

the police, paramedics, ambulance service and air ambulance were at the scene and couldn't have done more.
we could tell it was a serious accident, whatever had happened.
sincere condolances to family and friends, a very sad loss.

the accident was right on the blind crest of a sharp right hand bend - why are there no chevrons and double white lines on that bend?
myself & 2 friends were riding along the same road minutes after this happened. the police, paramedics, ambulance service and air ambulance were at the scene and couldn't have done more. we could tell it was a serious accident, whatever had happened. sincere condolances to family and friends, a very sad loss. the accident was right on the blind crest of a sharp right hand bend - why are there no chevrons and double white lines on that bend? m.leyland

12:11pm Sun 17 Oct 10

The offspring says...

Im appalled with some of the previous comments on this article,you sad judgemental Bastards .A couple have died my thoughts are with the family and friends of them.R.I.P
Im appalled with some of the previous comments on this article,you sad judgemental Bastards .A couple have died my thoughts are with the family and friends of them.R.I.P The offspring

12:22pm Sun 17 Oct 10

Mikeee47 says...

The offspring wrote:
Im appalled with some of the previous comments on this article,you sad judgemental Bastards .A couple have died my thoughts are with the family and friends of them.R.I.P
I totally agree, too much speculation about unknown facts , it says in the story they lost control, whos to say the didn't skid out on diesel or maybe cow sh1t that farmers leave on roads; condolences to the families another sad loss of fellow bikers,
[quote][p][bold]The offspring[/bold] wrote: Im appalled with some of the previous comments on this article,you sad judgemental Bastards .A couple have died my thoughts are with the family and friends of them.R.I.P[/p][/quote]I totally agree, too much speculation about unknown facts , it says in the story they lost control, whos to say the didn't skid out on diesel or maybe cow sh1t that farmers leave on roads; condolences to the families another sad loss of fellow bikers, Mikeee47

3:18pm Sun 17 Oct 10

Stu036 says...

RIP, ride free
RIP, ride free Stu036

3:45pm Sun 17 Oct 10

useyourhead says...

our little 1% club has lost again, so so sad, R.I.P and ride free!
our little 1% club has lost again, so so sad, R.I.P and ride free! useyourhead

7:33pm Sun 17 Oct 10

Cazza70 says...

RIP So sad
RIP So sad Cazza70

8:13pm Sun 17 Oct 10

scherben says...

I'm the fiancee of the daughter of Keith and Elaine, and some of the comments made by the keyboard judges on here are sickening.

Keith was an excellent driver, and all you can do is mock the family who've have to pick up the pieces after losing their parents. Still, I hope it's nice and warm in your smug little world, unlike that for their daughter who now is left to grieve. hang your heads in shame.

Offspring, M.Leyland and Michael: many, many thanks; your comments are appreciated very much.
I'm the fiancee of the daughter of Keith and Elaine, and some of the comments made by the keyboard judges on here are sickening. Keith was an excellent driver, and all you can do is mock the family who've have to pick up the pieces after losing their parents. Still, I hope it's nice and warm in your smug little world, unlike that for their daughter who now is left to grieve. hang your heads in shame. Offspring, M.Leyland and Michael: many, many thanks; your comments are appreciated very much. scherben

8:39pm Sun 17 Oct 10

Markus Spartacus says...

I have a policy of not posting anything on line that I wouldn't be happy to say to someone in a face to face conversation. 2 people have lost their lives in tragic circumstances and a little compassion is called for. Imagine if the knock came at your door, then you had to read comments like some posted on here.
I have a policy of not posting anything on line that I wouldn't be happy to say to someone in a face to face conversation. 2 people have lost their lives in tragic circumstances and a little compassion is called for. Imagine if the knock came at your door, then you had to read comments like some posted on here. Markus Spartacus

8:55pm Sun 17 Oct 10

Redbike says...

scherben wrote:
I'm the fiancee of the daughter of Keith and Elaine, and some of the comments made by the keyboard judges on here are sickening. Keith was an excellent driver, and all you can do is mock the family who've have to pick up the pieces after losing their parents. Still, I hope it's nice and warm in your smug little world, unlike that for their daughter who now is left to grieve. hang your heads in shame. Offspring, M.Leyland and Michael: many, many thanks; your comments are appreciated very much.
My sincere condolences to your parents / in-laws. R.I.P. and ride free.

I'm disgusted by the predjudiced comments posted. There are so many dangers to Motorcyclists - A Diesel spill, Cow Sh@t all spell danger. Hang your heads in shame.
[quote][p][bold]scherben[/bold] wrote: I'm the fiancee of the daughter of Keith and Elaine, and some of the comments made by the keyboard judges on here are sickening. Keith was an excellent driver, and all you can do is mock the family who've have to pick up the pieces after losing their parents. Still, I hope it's nice and warm in your smug little world, unlike that for their daughter who now is left to grieve. hang your heads in shame. Offspring, M.Leyland and Michael: many, many thanks; your comments are appreciated very much.[/p][/quote]My sincere condolences to your parents / in-laws. R.I.P. and ride free. I'm disgusted by the predjudiced comments posted. There are so many dangers to Motorcyclists - A Diesel spill, Cow Sh@t all spell danger. Hang your heads in shame. Redbike

9:09pm Sun 17 Oct 10

blylad says...

The total lack of respect in some of these comments absolutely appalls me!! A family has been torn apart but instead of sympathy some people post judgement. R.I.P Keith and Elaine and to all their' family my thoughts are with you at this sad time.
The total lack of respect in some of these comments absolutely appalls me!! A family has been torn apart but instead of sympathy some people post judgement. R.I.P Keith and Elaine and to all their' family my thoughts are with you at this sad time. blylad

9:22pm Sun 17 Oct 10

mys says...

why is there so many small minded people on this site,theres a family here been distroyed by a tragic accident,does it matter whos to blame at this stage,if you can't give your condolances to a this family then go away,R.I.P to both keith and elaine and let there children and family grieve in peace xx
why is there so many small minded people on this site,theres a family here been distroyed by a tragic accident,does it matter whos to blame at this stage,if you can't give your condolances to a this family then go away,R.I.P to both keith and elaine and let there children and family grieve in peace xx mys

9:33pm Sun 17 Oct 10

Trap one says...

Scherben.. sincere condolences to you and your fiancee, there really is a case for not allowing comments on something as tragic as this and something the LET should look at, because you will always get some clown who sole objective is to be controversial and get a reaction.Once again condolences from an ex biker who came close once too often.
Scherben.. sincere condolences to you and your fiancee, there really is a case for not allowing comments on something as tragic as this and something the LET should look at, because you will always get some clown who sole objective is to be controversial and get a reaction.Once again condolences from an ex biker who came close once too often. Trap one

10:32pm Sun 17 Oct 10

sunnyside1 says...

it makes me so angry reading all the negative and thoughtless comments regarding this very tragic accident, who do these people think they are in just assuming that the driver of the bike was at fault even before the facts of this accident were even released. R.I.P together Keith and Elaine
such a sad loss.
it makes me so angry reading all the negative and thoughtless comments regarding this very tragic accident, who do these people think they are in just assuming that the driver of the bike was at fault even before the facts of this accident were even released. R.I.P together Keith and Elaine such a sad loss. sunnyside1

10:44pm Sun 17 Oct 10

Brockhall Biker says...

May I offer my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Keith and Elaine

....and for the people who have left $hitty & hurtful comments I hope you never have to grieve over a loved one like the family of this poor couple.
Let's wait until the full details are known before passing judgement because nobody knows if a mechanical fault caused this tragedy or if diesel, mud or horse / cattle $hit on the road caused the rider to lose control.

R.I.P and ride easy.
May I offer my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Keith and Elaine ....and for the people who have left $hitty & hurtful comments I hope you never have to grieve over a loved one like the family of this poor couple. Let's wait until the full details are known before passing judgement because nobody knows if a mechanical fault caused this tragedy or if diesel, mud or horse / cattle $hit on the road caused the rider to lose control. R.I.P and ride easy. Brockhall Biker

11:53pm Sun 17 Oct 10

scherben says...

Many thanks to all the kind comments made. Believe me, they are very much appreciated, and please ALL of you, even those who made the inappropriate comments: for God's sake please stay safe.
Many thanks to all the kind comments made. Believe me, they are very much appreciated, and please ALL of you, even those who made the inappropriate comments: for God's sake please stay safe. scherben

12:17am Mon 18 Oct 10

montecassino says...

My sincere condolences to the family.
Life can be so cruel at times.
R.I.P Keith and Elaine
My sincere condolences to the family. Life can be so cruel at times. R.I.P Keith and Elaine montecassino

9:42am Mon 18 Oct 10

crammedarse says...

My thoughts are with your family and friends.
RIP
Ride free my friend
My thoughts are with your family and friends. RIP Ride free my friend crammedarse

3:22pm Mon 18 Oct 10

joowoody says...

So very sad. May you R.I.P. X
So very sad. May you R.I.P. X joowoody

3:47pm Mon 18 Oct 10

scherben says...

Again, thanks for the kind comments joowoody, crammedarse and montecassino. They are very much appreciated.
Again, thanks for the kind comments joowoody, crammedarse and montecassino. They are very much appreciated. scherben

6:25pm Mon 18 Oct 10

psychgirl74 says...

My sincere condolences to the family of this couple. What I wonder though is about the actual "editing" that does not go on at LET especially when someone hits the REPORT button on offensive and potentially slanderous comments?
My sincere condolences to the family of this couple. What I wonder though is about the actual "editing" that does not go on at LET especially when someone hits the REPORT button on offensive and potentially slanderous comments? psychgirl74

8:54pm Mon 18 Oct 10

BjornAganeByka says...

I can't understand anyone having a problem with this road.
I passed my motorcycle test in 1967 and if I've ridden this road once, I've ridden it a 1000 times with never a hint of trouble or possible danger. In fact I was on it only last week - I'd been to my son's house and I was off for a nice day's riding in the Dales.
If you ride at the right speed for the road, then there is no problem.
I can't understand anyone having a problem with this road. I passed my motorcycle test in 1967 and if I've ridden this road once, I've ridden it a 1000 times with never a hint of trouble or possible danger. In fact I was on it only last week - I'd been to my son's house and I was off for a nice day's riding in the Dales. If you ride at the right speed for the road, then there is no problem. BjornAganeByka

1:37am Tue 19 Oct 10

scherben says...

Bjorn, I suspect Keith had done the same for years; and how I and his daughter wish he was a superman like you; then evryone's life wouldn't be in pieces. Thanks for your sensitivity.
Bjorn, I suspect Keith had done the same for years; and how I and his daughter wish he was a superman like you; then evryone's life wouldn't be in pieces. Thanks for your sensitivity. scherben

1:39am Wed 20 Oct 10

Brockhall Biker says...

BjornAganeByka wrote:
I can't understand anyone having a problem with this road.
I passed my motorcycle test in 1967 and if I've ridden this road once, I've ridden it a 1000 times with never a hint of trouble or possible danger. In fact I was on it only last week - I'd been to my son's house and I was off for a nice day's riding in the Dales.
If you ride at the right speed for the road, then there is no problem.
Born, as a biker since 67' should have more common sense,respect and sensitivity in your comments. I have also driven and ridden this stretch of road thousands of times in over 20 years and yes it may safe enough in the right circumstances but my point is we don't know the circumstances that led to the tragic death of two fellow bikers. May they rest in peace and be fondly remembered by those they have left behind.
[quote][p][bold]BjornAganeByka[/bold] wrote: I can't understand anyone having a problem with this road. I passed my motorcycle test in 1967 and if I've ridden this road once, I've ridden it a 1000 times with never a hint of trouble or possible danger. In fact I was on it only last week - I'd been to my son's house and I was off for a nice day's riding in the Dales. If you ride at the right speed for the road, then there is no problem.[/p][/quote]Born, as a biker since 67' should have more common sense,respect and sensitivity in your comments. I have also driven and ridden this stretch of road thousands of times in over 20 years and yes it may safe enough in the right circumstances but my point is we don't know the circumstances that led to the tragic death of two fellow bikers. May they rest in peace and be fondly remembered by those they have left behind. Brockhall Biker

3:53pm Wed 20 Oct 10

scherben says...

Brockhill, many thanks once again; your kindness and sympathy are very much appreciated at this horrible time. I can guarantee that they will always be fondly remembered, as I hope that ALL who have commented on this story are, whether or not I've found their coments good or bad.

May you all have happy, long lives; please stay safe, and always be loved.

All the best.
Brockhill, many thanks once again; your kindness and sympathy are very much appreciated at this horrible time. I can guarantee that they will always be fondly remembered, as I hope that ALL who have commented on this story are, whether or not I've found their coments good or bad. May you all have happy, long lives; please stay safe, and always be loved. All the best. scherben

4:07am Fri 22 Oct 10

NewGoldDream says...

They were beautiful, loving and kind people and will be missed everyday and each night.

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose;
All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.
They were beautiful, loving and kind people and will be missed everyday and each night. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us. NewGoldDream

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