Bolton man dies after being hit by 3 cars while walking on M61 near Horwich

A pedestrian from Bolton has died while walking on the M61 near Horwich.

A pedestrian from Bolton has died while walking on the M61 near Horwich.

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A BOLTON man has died after being hit by three cars while walking on the M61.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was hit at about 11pm last night on the northbound carriageway of the motorway, just before junction 6 at Horwich.

He was found trapped under a car, having suffered multiple injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed the pedestrian was hit by a Vauxhall Astra and two Toyota Yaris cars.

He is the third person to die this year while walking on the M61.

Police are now appealing for witnesses as they investigate how the man came to be walking on the carriageway.

His body has still not been formally identified, although this may take place later today.

The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm, according to North West Motorway Police.

The fire service confirmed that a crew from Bolton Central fire station was sent to help police and paramedics at 11.17pm.

A police spokesman said: “At about 11pm officers were called to the northbound carriageway, just before junction 6 at Horwich, to reports of a collision.

“On arrival officers found the body of a man, believed to be in his 40s and from Bolton, trapped under a vehicle.

“It is believed the man, a pedestrian, had been struck by three vehicles.”

The incident follows two other pedestrian deaths on the motorway this year.

Gary Wood, aged 30, was killed in March after he was hit by a Skoda Octavia while walking down the southbound carriageway.

He had earlier been at a Tinie Tempah gig at the Apollo in Manchester.

On April 11, Stephen Hayes, from Blackrod, was killed by a lorry just north of junction 6.

Less than an hour earlier, Mr Hayes had been questioned by police, who had dropped him at Rivington Services so he could be collected by a relative.

Anyone with information can call the police's serious collision investigation Unit on 0161 8564745.

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12:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

atlas123 says...

"The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm,"

Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road?
"The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm," Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road? atlas123
  • Score: -68

12:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Donkey Stone says...

Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family.
Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 41

12:20pm Wed 3 Sep 14

stereo_world says...

My condolences with the family, but when will people learn? There is absolutely no rational explanation for choosing to risk your life like that. None whatsoever. Not even if there's a pot of gold in the central reservation.

Yet people still think "Hmmm, i'll get somewhere quicker if I walk it" - and this poor sod even tried it when it was pitch black.
My condolences with the family, but when will people learn? There is absolutely no rational explanation for choosing to risk your life like that. None whatsoever. Not even if there's a pot of gold in the central reservation. Yet people still think "Hmmm, i'll get somewhere quicker if I walk it" - and this poor sod even tried it when it was pitch black. stereo_world
  • Score: 32

1:23pm Wed 3 Sep 14

marco999 says...

It is shocking that people continue to take the insane risk of walking on the motorway at night! I'm so sorry for the poor guy but really..
It is shocking that people continue to take the insane risk of walking on the motorway at night! I'm so sorry for the poor guy but really.. marco999
  • Score: 20

1:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

MarkAllRead says...

atlas123 wrote:
"The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm,"

Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road?
I think that's supposed to be 4.30am, therefore it took the usual 5 hours of closed road.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: "The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm," Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road?[/p][/quote]I think that's supposed to be 4.30am, therefore it took the usual 5 hours of closed road. MarkAllRead
  • Score: -22

3:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

keithyno.1 says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
"The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm,"

Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road?
I think that's supposed to be 4.30am, therefore it took the usual 5 hours of closed road.
Yes I think it's supposed to be 4.30am also, but WHY can the Bolton News reporters not get their facts right before news items 'go to print?' I mean, the difference between am and pm is hardly rocket science, is it?

There's a further inaccuracy in this report, when it says, "On April 11, Stephen Hayes, from Blackrod, was killed by a lorry just north of junction 6." When you click on the BN's own link to this story it clearly states that Mr Hayes was from BLACKPOOL but had been found in Blackrod by police with his car in an undrivable condition and so dropped off at the motorway services to,be collected by a relative.

I'm not being pedantic, it's just that you expect the reporters to get basic facts like these correct...otherwise, how can readers of the BN be expected to believe the authenticity of the paper's reports? If that became the case then it would lose all credibility as a publication.

Come on Editor, SORT IT OUT!!!
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: "The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm," Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road?[/p][/quote]I think that's supposed to be 4.30am, therefore it took the usual 5 hours of closed road.[/p][/quote]Yes I think it's supposed to be 4.30am also, but WHY can the Bolton News reporters not get their facts right before news items 'go to print?' I mean, the difference between am and pm is hardly rocket science, is it? There's a further inaccuracy in this report, when it says, "On April 11, Stephen Hayes, from Blackrod, was killed by a lorry just north of junction 6." When you click on the BN's own link to this story it clearly states that Mr Hayes was from BLACKPOOL but had been found in Blackrod by police with his car in an undrivable condition and so dropped off at the motorway services to,be collected by a relative. I'm not being pedantic, it's just that you expect the reporters to get basic facts like these correct...otherwise, how can readers of the BN be expected to believe the authenticity of the paper's reports? If that became the case then it would lose all credibility as a publication. Come on Editor, SORT IT OUT!!! keithyno.1
  • Score: 37

4:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Stan1966 says...

Standards down in this rag. Take a look at the spelling mistakes, incorrect names etc. in the Announcements section. Several every week.
Standards down in this rag. Take a look at the spelling mistakes, incorrect names etc. in the Announcements section. Several every week. Stan1966
  • Score: 17

5:57pm Wed 3 Sep 14

atlas123 says...

Donkey Stone wrote:
Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family.
I think you can walk and Cycle on St Peter's Way, the no pedestrian/M-Way regs start after the Kearsley RA.

Why you would is a different matter.
[quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family.[/p][/quote]I think you can walk and Cycle on St Peter's Way, the no pedestrian/M-Way regs start after the Kearsley RA. Why you would is a different matter. atlas123
  • Score: 4

7:42pm Wed 3 Sep 14

parky405 says...

Condolences to the family for there sad loss.

A poor man has lost his life and none of you know the circumstances All you can do is moan about spelling mistakes and am or pm???? Seriously, you need to get out more.
Condolences to the family for there sad loss. A poor man has lost his life and none of you know the circumstances All you can do is moan about spelling mistakes and am or pm???? Seriously, you need to get out more. parky405
  • Score: 19

8:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

MarkAllRead says...

parky405 wrote:
Condolences to the family for there sad loss.

A poor man has lost his life and none of you know the circumstances All you can do is moan about spelling mistakes and am or pm???? Seriously, you need to get out more.
You mean "their sad loss", not "there sad loss".
[quote][p][bold]parky405[/bold] wrote: Condolences to the family for there sad loss. A poor man has lost his life and none of you know the circumstances All you can do is moan about spelling mistakes and am or pm???? Seriously, you need to get out more.[/p][/quote]You mean "their sad loss", not "there sad loss". MarkAllRead
  • Score: -50

9:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

artistpaint says...

Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what
Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what artistpaint
  • Score: 9

9:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

parky405 says...

artistpaint wrote:
Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what
Yes Very much so. Some people just have no life and nothing better to do...very sad.
[quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what[/p][/quote]Yes Very much so. Some people just have no life and nothing better to do...very sad. parky405
  • Score: 5

11:10pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
parky405 wrote:
Condolences to the family for there sad loss.

A poor man has lost his life and none of you know the circumstances All you can do is moan about spelling mistakes and am or pm???? Seriously, you need to get out more.
You mean "their sad loss", not "there sad loss".
And there's a full stop missing!
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]parky405[/bold] wrote: Condolences to the family for there sad loss. A poor man has lost his life and none of you know the circumstances All you can do is moan about spelling mistakes and am or pm???? Seriously, you need to get out more.[/p][/quote]You mean "their sad loss", not "there sad loss".[/p][/quote]And there's a full stop missing! Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: -6

11:32pm Wed 3 Sep 14

MarkAllRead says...

parky405 wrote:
artistpaint wrote:
Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what
Yes Very much so. Some people just have no life and nothing better to do...very sad.
I have many things better to do my friend, but I just thought you might appreciate a touch of correction & education. Don't be resistant to education, you won't go far with an attitude like that. Being able to write like an educated adult isn't "sad". If you can't get the basics of English correct, you'll find that people don't take your written opinions very seriously.
[quote][p][bold]parky405[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what[/p][/quote]Yes Very much so. Some people just have no life and nothing better to do...very sad.[/p][/quote]I have many things better to do my friend, but I just thought you might appreciate a touch of correction & education. Don't be resistant to education, you won't go far with an attitude like that. Being able to write like an educated adult isn't "sad". If you can't get the basics of English correct, you'll find that people don't take your written opinions very seriously. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 4

12:17am Thu 4 Sep 14

Rememberscarborough says...

As far as I can tell all the deceased were on the motorway of their own free will. None of the drivers chose to hit any of these people who quite clearly shouldn't have been there.

My thoughts are with those drivers who will have to live with these tragic events that should never have happened.
As far as I can tell all the deceased were on the motorway of their own free will. None of the drivers chose to hit any of these people who quite clearly shouldn't have been there. My thoughts are with those drivers who will have to live with these tragic events that should never have happened. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 24

1:31am Thu 4 Sep 14

keithyno.1 says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
As far as I can tell all the deceased were on the motorway of their own free will. None of the drivers chose to hit any of these people who quite clearly shouldn't have been there.

My thoughts are with those drivers who will have to live with these tragic events that should never have happened.
Well said, totally agree!! NOBODY is forced to go walking on a motorway, EVERYBODY knows it's illegal, highly dangerous and a hazard to drivers and their passengers using the motorway for its correct purpose. To those commenters bleating on about "a poor man has lost his life blah blah," well it's his own bl o o dy fault. End of!!
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: As far as I can tell all the deceased were on the motorway of their own free will. None of the drivers chose to hit any of these people who quite clearly shouldn't have been there. My thoughts are with those drivers who will have to live with these tragic events that should never have happened.[/p][/quote]Well said, totally agree!! NOBODY is forced to go walking on a motorway, EVERYBODY knows it's illegal, highly dangerous and a hazard to drivers and their passengers using the motorway for its correct purpose. To those commenters bleating on about "a poor man has lost his life blah blah," well it's his own bl o o dy fault. End of!! keithyno.1
  • Score: 1

7:45am Thu 4 Sep 14

Ernagy2 says...

atlas123 wrote:
Donkey Stone wrote:
Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family.
I think you can walk and Cycle on St Peter's Way, the no pedestrian/M-Way regs start after the Kearsley RA.

Why you would is a different matter.
You can cycle down St Peter's way - not advisable though. You can't walk down it as there are no footpaths and it is a dual carriageway.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family.[/p][/quote]I think you can walk and Cycle on St Peter's Way, the no pedestrian/M-Way regs start after the Kearsley RA. Why you would is a different matter.[/p][/quote]You can cycle down St Peter's way - not advisable though. You can't walk down it as there are no footpaths and it is a dual carriageway. Ernagy2
  • Score: 2

10:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

miroku says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
Donkey Stone wrote:
Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family.
I think you can walk and Cycle on St Peter's Way, the no pedestrian/M-Way regs start after the Kearsley RA.

Why you would is a different matter.
You can cycle down St Peter's way - not advisable though. You can't walk down it as there are no footpaths and it is a dual carriageway.
In the interests of cyclist safety, please note there are signs on most access points to St, Peter's Way indicating NO pedestrians or pushbikes, they're not very prominent, but they are there. They prohibited pushbikes after adding the cycle lanes on Manchester Road.
Totally agree with comment regarding the unfortunate drivers involved.
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately there seems to be a growing trend for walking on the hard shoulder of mororways and St Peters way. I see people almost on a daily basis taking the risk, usually late at night and in the early hours. Another needless death and such a shame for the victims family.[/p][/quote]I think you can walk and Cycle on St Peter's Way, the no pedestrian/M-Way regs start after the Kearsley RA. Why you would is a different matter.[/p][/quote]You can cycle down St Peter's way - not advisable though. You can't walk down it as there are no footpaths and it is a dual carriageway.[/p][/quote]In the interests of cyclist safety, please note there are signs on most access points to St, Peter's Way indicating NO pedestrians or pushbikes, they're not very prominent, but they are there. They prohibited pushbikes after adding the cycle lanes on Manchester Road. Totally agree with comment regarding the unfortunate drivers involved. miroku
  • Score: 11

8:44pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Ebola Bertie says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
parky405 wrote:
artistpaint wrote:
Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what
Yes Very much so. Some people just have no life and nothing better to do...very sad.
I have many things better to do my friend, but I just thought you might appreciate a touch of correction & education. Don't be resistant to education, you won't go far with an attitude like that. Being able to write like an educated adult isn't "sad". If you can't get the basics of English correct, you'll find that people don't take your written opinions very seriously.
Your grammar seems ok to me and yet i still think you come across as nothing special ! why is that ?
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]parky405[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]artistpaint[/bold] wrote: Yeah there seems to be folk moaning abt spelling misticjs.petty minded and off the focus.small minded or what[/p][/quote]Yes Very much so. Some people just have no life and nothing better to do...very sad.[/p][/quote]I have many things better to do my friend, but I just thought you might appreciate a touch of correction & education. Don't be resistant to education, you won't go far with an attitude like that. Being able to write like an educated adult isn't "sad". If you can't get the basics of English correct, you'll find that people don't take your written opinions very seriously.[/p][/quote]Your grammar seems ok to me and yet i still think you come across as nothing special ! why is that ? Ebola Bertie
  • Score: 3

10:09am Tue 9 Sep 14

Minime666 says...

RIP to the young man involved in this tragedy.Yes my thoughts also lie with those who were involved in the incident.I see all these comments and non hold any relevance in the seriousness of this tragedy!!Disrespectf
ul, and shameful to think there are such childish people, who feel the inner most need to post such dribble!A life as been lost, get with the reality of what matters in life.
RIP to the young man involved in this tragedy.Yes my thoughts also lie with those who were involved in the incident.I see all these comments and non hold any relevance in the seriousness of this tragedy!!Disrespectf ul, and shameful to think there are such childish people, who feel the inner most need to post such dribble!A life as been lost, get with the reality of what matters in life. Minime666
  • Score: -1

2:13pm Fri 19 Sep 14

Peakster says...

keithyno.1 wrote:
MarkAllRead wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
"The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm,"

Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road?
I think that's supposed to be 4.30am, therefore it took the usual 5 hours of closed road.
Yes I think it's supposed to be 4.30am also, but WHY can the Bolton News reporters not get their facts right before news items 'go to print?' I mean, the difference between am and pm is hardly rocket science, is it?

There's a further inaccuracy in this report, when it says, "On April 11, Stephen Hayes, from Blackrod, was killed by a lorry just north of junction 6." When you click on the BN's own link to this story it clearly states that Mr Hayes was from BLACKPOOL but had been found in Blackrod by police with his car in an undrivable condition and so dropped off at the motorway services to,be collected by a relative.

I'm not being pedantic, it's just that you expect the reporters to get basic facts like these correct...otherwise, how can readers of the BN be expected to believe the authenticity of the paper's reports? If that became the case then it would lose all credibility as a publication.

Come on Editor, SORT IT OUT!!!
The Bolton News ... The home of lazy journalism!
[quote][p][bold]keithyno.1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: "The M61 was shut between junction 5 at Westhoughton to junction 6 from about 11.30pm, and reopened eventually at about 4.30pm," Wow, 17 Hours to investigate, exactly how much evidence is there to be recovered from the road?[/p][/quote]I think that's supposed to be 4.30am, therefore it took the usual 5 hours of closed road.[/p][/quote]Yes I think it's supposed to be 4.30am also, but WHY can the Bolton News reporters not get their facts right before news items 'go to print?' I mean, the difference between am and pm is hardly rocket science, is it? There's a further inaccuracy in this report, when it says, "On April 11, Stephen Hayes, from Blackrod, was killed by a lorry just north of junction 6." When you click on the BN's own link to this story it clearly states that Mr Hayes was from BLACKPOOL but had been found in Blackrod by police with his car in an undrivable condition and so dropped off at the motorway services to,be collected by a relative. I'm not being pedantic, it's just that you expect the reporters to get basic facts like these correct...otherwise, how can readers of the BN be expected to believe the authenticity of the paper's reports? If that became the case then it would lose all credibility as a publication. Come on Editor, SORT IT OUT!!![/p][/quote]The Bolton News ... The home of lazy journalism! Peakster
  • Score: 1
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