THE family of a man tragically killed in an horrific motorway pile-up has today thanked well wishers for their support.
Alan Bullock, a scientist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene after the car he was travelling in was involved in a nine-car collision on the M6 at Staffordshire.
At his home on Parkstone Avenue in Thornton, his family said: “We want to send our thanks for all the support, love and kind words that have been sent at this awful, dreadful time.”
Messages of condolence have been pouring in to the family through Mr Bullock’s daughter Emily’s Facebook page.
Ms Bullock wrote a touching tribute to her father, prompting many people to offer their love and support.
Lissa, Nina, Tiffany and Saffron from Entertainia Dance in Cleveleys said: “We love the way he used to laugh and that will be stuck in our minds forever, you are such a strong family and we have got such wonderful memories of being together and having a laugh which was all that we ever did do!
“We are simply lost for words.”
Mr Bullock, 54, was travelling with his colleague Mark Wrigley, who was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Mr Wrigley, 50, of Blackpool, is in a serious but stable condition.
A woman from Sheffield, who was travelling in the same car as Mr Bullock and Mr Wrigley, was also seriously injured in the crash.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said her condition was serious but stable.
The crash, which involved two lorries, two vans and five cars, happened near junction 16 of the M6, near Stoke-on-Trent at 11.20am.
Around 15 people were involved. A third man was seriously injured, while seven people received minor injuries.
Cheshire Police is investigating the cause of the crash.