A MOTORCYCLIST is fighting for his life in hospital after a crash.

The 36-year-old's grey Suzuki Bandit collided with a brown BMW 320D on the A628 Woodhead Pass at about 12.45pm on Wednesday.

Police believe both vehicles were travelling towards the roundabout when they collided outside the Dog and Partridge pub.

Pub proprietor Andrea Punshon was on duty and heard the impact of the crash.

"The bike went one way and crashed through a dry stone wall and the rider went the other way and ended up in the hedge bottom," she said.

"The people in the car were a young couple who were moving house and had come out for a pub lunch beforehand."

Yorkshire Air Ambulance attended the scene, along with police and paramedics, and the bike rider, from Nottingham, was taken to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital after sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The BMW driver, from Manchester, and his passenger were unhurt.

The road was closed for about three hours.

Police are appealing for witnesses or people who may have seen the motorcycle prior to the collision.

Information about the crash should be reported to police on 101, quoting incident number 435 of September 25.