A MOTORBIKE rider has died in hospital after a crash last week in Hapton.

Police were called on November 4 at around 11.15am to a crash on Burnley Road involving a Yamaha motorbike and a white Vauxhall Combo van.

The rider, a 41-year-old man from Accrington, suffered a bleed on the brain, fractured ribs and internal injuries. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but died from his injuries on Wednesday.

The driver of the Vauxhall, a 61-year-old man from Rishton, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop after an accident. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The road was closed for more than five hours for investigations.

Sgt Chris Evans said: “These are very sad and tragic circumstances and our thoughts are with the rider’s family at this time.

“We are keen to establish exactly what happened and would encourage any witnesses or anyone with dashboard mounted camera footage to contact us immediately.”

Police are continuing to appeal to anyone with information to come forward by calling 101 or email 3457@lancashire.police.uk quoting log 0408 of November 4.