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A child has died following a collision in Oldham.

Shortly after 7.15pm today (Saturday 31 December 2016) police were called to reports of a collision between a car and pedestrians on Ashton Road near to Copster Hill Road.

On arrival officers discovered a black VW Golf had been involved in a collision with two girls.

One of the girls, aged 12, sadly died at the scene. Her family have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.

A second girl, aged 11, is currently in hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the car did not stop and officers are currently trying to locate them.

Road closures remain in place in the area and drivers are advised to use alternative routes.

Sergeant Lee Westhead, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “These are tragic circumstances where a young girl has lost her life and I would urge anyone who knows anything to do with this collision to contact police immediately.

“Another girl is currently fighting for her life in hospital and specially trained officers are supporting the families involved.

“Officers are at the scene trying to establish exactly what happened while we also have a dedicated team trying to locate the driver of the car.

“If you have any information about this collision then please contact us. If you saw a black Golf in the area around the time of this incident then I would also urge you to call us.”

Anyone with any information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1691 of 31 December 2016.

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