Fatality on Dirt Track in Manchester Quarry


Express Solicitors are saddened to hear the news that a twelve year old boy has died in Manchester after falling from a motorbike at a quarry. After the fall, on a motorcross dirt track at Cowm Quarry, Whitworth near Rochdale, the boy suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Cowm Leisure Ltd run an off-road motorsport venue at the quarry. It’s thought the boy was a regular competitor at the venue and was practicing on the day of the accident.

The air ambulance, police and a number of paramedic vehicles, along with Rossendale Mountain Rescue Team attended the scene on 1st October at around 2.25pm. A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said the boy was ‘conscious and breathing’ at the scene but then suffered a heart attack.

Paramedics tried to revive him and he was taken to the Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, he was pronounced dead later that day.  A Lancashire Police spokesman said that a formal investigation was yet to take place and “an investigation into the circumstances of the boy’s death is underway.”

The police and a vehicle recovery team didn’t leave the scene until 6.30pm and the bike being ridden by the victim was taken away for forensic examination.

This isn’t the first time the quarry has seen the devastating death of a young person though. In 2006, 16 year old Matthew Entwistle died from numerous injuries when he came off his bike and fell 50ft into a ravine at the same quarry.

The company were taken to court following the incident and were fined £3,500 after pleading guilty to failure to discharge a duty of care at the site.

Shocked local residents posted messages of support on a community Facebook page, one writing:

“RIP little one. Gone too soon. Thoughts are with the family.”

And another:

“So sad…my thoughts go out to the family. RIP. I feel sick to the pit of my stomach as both my lads ride motorbikes at organised events. Such a tragedy.”


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