A BARNSLEY motorcyclist has died following a crash on Thursday night.

At 9.35pm a blue Yamaha motorbike was travelling on the A637 Barnsley Road towards Darton and a silver Citroen Xsara Picasso was travelling in the opposite direction.

The vehicles collided on a sweeping bend near to Bence Lane. The motorbike left the road and came to rest down an embankment.

The 44-year-old man, from Barnsley, riding the Yamaha suffered fatal head injuries and died at the scene.

The 82-year-old man driving the Picasso, also from Barnsley, was not reported to have been injured.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the manner of driving prior to the incident or anyone who saw the collision.

Witnesses are to call 101 quoting incident number 1263 of October 17.