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Blackburn pedestrian killed on M61 motorway near Bolton

Gary Wood, 30, from Blackburn
Image caption Gary Wood, 30, from Blackburn, in Lancashire was struck by a car on the M61 on Saturday

A man who died when he was hit by a car while walking on the carriageway of the M61 motorway near Bolton will be remembered as "kind and decent".

Gary Wood, 30, from Blackburn in Lancashire, was struck between Rivington North Services and junction six at 23:20 GMT on Saturday.

Police said he was last seen by friends at a Tinie Tempah concert earlier that evening at the 02 Apollo in Manchester.

In a statement, Mr Wood's family said they were "devastated by his loss".

'Loved by everyone'

The tribute said: "Gary loved the outdoor life, he enjoyed fell walking, mountain climbing, mountain biking and also kept himself fit in the gym.

Image caption The victim is believed to have attended a Tinie Tempah gig in Manchester on Saturday

"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."

Sgt Lee Westhead urged anyone with information to come forward.

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