Burnley Motorcycle Club member killed in smash: photo

Accident victim Jeremy "Jez" White.(S)
Accident victim Jeremy "Jez" White.(S)

THIS is the 47-year-old member of Burnley and District Motorcycle Club who died after being badly hurt in a collision with a truck on the A682 Gisburn Road towards the moors above Blacko.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them to establish the cause of the crash on one of Britain’s most dangerous roads.

Father-of-two Jeremy “Jez” White, from Pine Street, Nelson, was in collision with a Ford Transit pick-up truck. His motorcycle then hit a wall, and he was thrown from his bike.

An air ambulance attended and landed on an adjacent field, and Nelson fire crews were called to help lift the injured man into the helicopter.

A police spokesman said: “The 47-year-old motorcyclist, who is from Nelson, was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital where he sadly died as a result of his injuries.”

Mr White leaves daughters aged five and seven.

He was a regular bike rider and a member of Burnley and District Motorcycle Club. He was on his Kawasaki 1100cc machine when the accident happened.

Mr White was a building site foreman and was working at Settle in the Dales. He also regularly attended the Red Lion Hotel and the Admiral Lord Rodney in Colne, too.

The Transit driver was not injured in the incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. They say the Ford Transit was travelling towards Gisburn and was in collision with the motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction. The road was closed for more than three hours to allow an investigation.

Sgt Steve Wignall, from the Force Road Policing Unit, said: “I would appeal to anybody who witnessed the collision to come forward and contact Lancashire police on 101.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

The A682 between Nelson and Long Preston is a road which has been identified as highly dangerous in the past – particularly for bikers.

In 2007, it was named the worst in the country by the Road Safety Foundation. It has also been named in the world’s top 10 dangerous roads in 2010.