A man has died following a collision in Burscough in the early hours of this morning.

It happened at around 4am on Moss Lane when a white Audi A1 has collided with a wall, a telegraph pole and then a second wall, ending up on its roof.

The driver, a 24-year-old man from Sefton, sadly died at the scene. The front seat passenger, an 18-year-old man from Sefton, was taken to Aintree Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Officers investigating the collision believe a red Abarth car may have been travelling in convoy with the Audi - it was later traced in the Merseyside area.

Officers are now keen to speak to any witnesses.

Sgt Paul Maguire said: “Firstly my thoughts are with the family and friends of both of these men at this incredibly distressing time. We have specially trained officers supporting them.

“I am asking anyone who saw the Audi and also the Abarth travelling in the area, or indeed the collision itself, to come forward. Similarly, if you have any dash cam footage that could assist our investigation, please make contact with us.

“Lastly, I would like to directly appeal to the people who were in the Abarth to speak to the police. A man has died and another is extremely ill in hospital so it’s important we find out exactly what happened.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident reference 114 of November 20th.