Tributes to much-loved dad killed in motorbike crash on way home from work

Tributes have been paid to a dad-of-three who was killed in crash as he travelled home from work. Carl Sanders, 56, was fatally injured when his motorbike collided with a Ford Fiesta in Breightmet, Bolton , in the early hours of Sunday morning. His devastated family have urged anyone with information about the collision to contact police.

They have also paid tribute to Mr Sanders, who worked as a HGV driver for Royal Mail for 25 years. “Carl was a loving husband to Stella and a proud father of two daughters and a son who are all devastated by his loss,” they said. “He loved all his extended family and is sadly missed by them. “He was a keen amateur footballer in his younger days, playing in local teams with his brother Dave and he had a love of cars and motorbikes ever since he was old enough to ride.

He was also a big animal lover who helped look after his daughters’ horses. “Carl was a tragically taken from us on his way home from work in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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“He had worked as HGV driver for the Royal Mail for the last 25 years and was returning from a shift when the collision happened. “We would like to thank the emergency services who helped Carl at the scene; we know that they tried their very best to save him.

“We would also like to appeal to anybody who witnessed the collision to contact the police to pass on any information that they might have to help us get some answers to what happened. “Thank you to everyone that has sent us such kind messages of support but we would ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time.” Police say a white Fiesta was travelling along Bury Road when it reached the junction of Crompton Way at around 1.45am and began to turn.

As it turned, it was involved in a collision with Mr Sanders’ blue Suzuki SV motorcycle. The dad-of-three was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car remained at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

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Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision and are keen to speak to anyone with dash cam footage. PC Paul Joynson of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “In the early hours of Sunday morning, we sadly had to inform a family that their loved one had died and have since been piecing together each bit of information so we can tell them exactly what happened. “I appreciate there weren’t many people around at that time in the morning but if you were in the area and saw what happened or have dashcam footage that might be of use to us, please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 250 of July 15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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