Man killed on M61

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A Blackpool man has been killed after being struck by a lorry on the M61 motorway in the early hours of the morning.

Stephen Hayes, 68, from the resort, is thought to have been on foot on the northbound carriageway, north of Rivington Services, between junctions six and eight.

He was struck by the vehicle at around 1.30am on Friday, April 11.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward to assist with the investigation.

Officers believe he had been walking on the motorway after visiting the services.

Roads Policing Officer Sgt Finn Quainton said: “We are still trying to piece together exactly what has happened and why Mr Hayes has come to be on foot on the motorway.

“I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have any information to come forward.

“We have informed Mr Hayes’ next of kin and specially trained officers have been with the family and continue to offer their support through this very sad and difficult time.”

The motorway was closed between junctions six and eight of the M61 northbound overnight - lanes two and three are now open and officers are now working to reopen the motorway fully.

The lorry driver has not been arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting motorway log 66 of April 11.