POLICE have identified a man who was killed while walking on the M61 motorway.

Gary Wood, aged 30 from Blackburn, was walking on the motorway when he was hit by a car travelling southbound between Rivington North services and junction six at about 11.20pm last night.

His devastated family paid tribute to Mr Wood as a "loving son, brother, uncle and nephew."

In statement released by police, Mr Wood's family said: "Gary loved the outdoor life, he enjoyed fell walking, mountain climbing, mountain biking and also kept himself fit in the gym.

"Gary has a huge circle of friends and was loved by everyone who came into contact with him.

"He will be remembered as a fun, kind, honest and decent man.

"He was a loving son, brother, uncle and nephew and we are all devastated by his loss."

Mr Wood had been to a Tinie Tempah gig in Manchester with his friends before he collided with the Skoda Octavia.

Sergeant Lee Westhead from the serious collision investigation unit said: "We would urge anyone who knows anything about Gary's movements after he was last seen by his friends at a Tinie Tempah gig at the O2 Apollo theatre until the time of the collision, to contact police to help us piece together Gary's last hours."


Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4741.