A MOTORCYCLIST has died following a collision with an articulated lorry.

Yesterday around 10.10am, emergency services were called to reports of a collision involving a grey motorcycle and a blue articulated lorry on the A616, between Tankersley roundabout and the M1 junction 35a slip road.

The rider of the motorcycle, a man, sadly suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. A pillion passenger on the motorcycle, a woman, has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries where she remains in critical condition.

The road was closed for several hours to allow investigations to take place and the family of the rider has been notified.

A police spokesperson said: "Officers would ask that the public refrain from posting speculation or potentially distressing content about the collision online. Further details about those involved will not be released at this time.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision this morning, especially any motorists travelling along the A616 who may hold dashcam footage.

"Please call 101 quoting incident number 261 of March 21"