Tributes to 30-year-old man who died while walking on M61 after Tinie Tempah gig

Gary Wood was killed after being hit by a car on the M61

Gary Wood was killed after being hit by a car on the M61

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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."


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Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4741.

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10:48am Sun 30 Mar 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Thoughts go out to all those involved and that includes the driver of the car who can't have possibly been expecting to see a pedestrian in the road. Could so easily happen to any of us. RIP
Thoughts go out to all those involved and that includes the driver of the car who can't have possibly been expecting to see a pedestrian in the road. Could so easily happen to any of us. RIP Rememberscarborough
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11:45am Sun 30 Mar 14

Bond123 says...

R I P friend
R I P friend Bond123
  • Score: 33

12:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

my sympathy is with the driver. Luckly this guys stupidity walking on a motorway didnt cause any innocent people to die.
my sympathy is with the driver. Luckly this guys stupidity walking on a motorway didnt cause any innocent people to die. Bolton Lad 85
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4:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Don Kiddick says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
my sympathy is with the driver. Luckly this guys stupidity walking on a motorway didnt cause any innocent people to die.
There's a lot of negatives for this comment but it's perfectly reasonable. I'd ask all the negatives to think back to a week ago and answer the following question " Is walking on a motorway or hard shoulder a stupid thing to do?" Any of you negs answering "No, it's perfectly reasonable to go for a walk on a motorway"? Doubt it!

Why was he on the Southbound carriageway???? Possibly the deceased got off the Manchester train at Horwich (instead of Bolton to change for Blackburn), got lost and ended up at the southbound side of the M61. Was he sober?

The driver has to live with this incident for the rest of his or her life (I'll assume his purely for brevity). That's of course better than losing his own life or perhaps swerving into other cars resulting in multiple fatalities.
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: my sympathy is with the driver. Luckly this guys stupidity walking on a motorway didnt cause any innocent people to die.[/p][/quote]There's a lot of negatives for this comment but it's perfectly reasonable. I'd ask all the negatives to think back to a week ago and answer the following question " Is walking on a motorway or hard shoulder a stupid thing to do?" Any of you negs answering "No, it's perfectly reasonable to go for a walk on a motorway"? Doubt it! Why was he on the Southbound carriageway???? Possibly the deceased got off the Manchester train at Horwich (instead of Bolton to change for Blackburn), got lost and ended up at the southbound side of the M61. Was he sober? The driver has to live with this incident for the rest of his or her life (I'll assume his purely for brevity). That's of course better than losing his own life or perhaps swerving into other cars resulting in multiple fatalities. Don Kiddick
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12:45pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
my sympathy is with the driver. Luckly this guys stupidity walking on a motorway didnt cause any innocent people to die.
There's a lot of negatives for this comment but it's perfectly reasonable. I'd ask all the negatives to think back to a week ago and answer the following question " Is walking on a motorway or hard shoulder a stupid thing to do?" Any of you negs answering "No, it's perfectly reasonable to go for a walk on a motorway"? Doubt it!

Why was he on the Southbound carriageway???? Possibly the deceased got off the Manchester train at Horwich (instead of Bolton to change for Blackburn), got lost and ended up at the southbound side of the M61. Was he sober?

The driver has to live with this incident for the rest of his or her life (I'll assume his purely for brevity). That's of course better than losing his own life or perhaps swerving into other cars resulting in multiple fatalities.
Why are people so stupid, walking on the motorway is never advisable. Keep a mobile in the car with a charger. Wait for motorway patrols to stop and offer assistance. call your breakdown service if you have one if not buy a membership with the AA, RAC etc...

I hope the driver can recover from this, what must in her/his eyes be, a life changing event...
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: my sympathy is with the driver. Luckly this guys stupidity walking on a motorway didnt cause any innocent people to die.[/p][/quote]There's a lot of negatives for this comment but it's perfectly reasonable. I'd ask all the negatives to think back to a week ago and answer the following question " Is walking on a motorway or hard shoulder a stupid thing to do?" Any of you negs answering "No, it's perfectly reasonable to go for a walk on a motorway"? Doubt it! Why was he on the Southbound carriageway???? Possibly the deceased got off the Manchester train at Horwich (instead of Bolton to change for Blackburn), got lost and ended up at the southbound side of the M61. Was he sober? The driver has to live with this incident for the rest of his or her life (I'll assume his purely for brevity). That's of course better than losing his own life or perhaps swerving into other cars resulting in multiple fatalities.[/p][/quote]Why are people so stupid, walking on the motorway is never advisable. Keep a mobile in the car with a charger. Wait for motorway patrols to stop and offer assistance. call your breakdown service if you have one if not buy a membership with the AA, RAC etc... I hope the driver can recover from this, what must in her/his eyes be, a life changing event... Comment777
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