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  • 30 March 2014, 23:14

Man Killed Walking On M61 Motorway Is Named

A man who was killed after walking on a motorway after going to a Tinie Tempah concert has been named by police.

Gary Wood, 30, from Blackburn, Lancs died in a collision with a Skoda Octavia car on the M61 near Bolton, at around 11.20pm on Saturday, police said.

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

Mr Wood was last seen by friends hours before the accident at the Tinie Tempah concert at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.

It is not yet known how or why he ended up 20 miles away on the motorway.

The car involved was travelling southbound on the M61 when it was in collision with Mr Wood in the carriageway between Rivington North Services and Junction 6.

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."

Sergeant Lee Westhead, from the serious collision investigation unit of Greater Manchester Police, 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.