Man walking on M61 motorway killed


The second of two police convoys makes its way along the M61 in Bolton towards Preston Crown Court.

A pedestrian walking on the M61 motorway near Bolton on Saturday night was killed after being hit by a car.

The man, in his mid-20s, was hit by a Skoda Octavia between Rivington North Services and junction six southbound at 11.20pm, the BBC reports.

Police believe he had attended a Tinie Tempah concert at the O2 Apollo in Manchester earlier in the evening.

The victim has not yet been identified but was described by detectives as 5ft 5in tall with light brown hair.

According to the Daily Express, the motorway was closed for a number of hours after the collision but is now fully reopened.

Sergeant Lee Westhead, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "We are working to establish the full circumstances leading to this young man's death.

"At this stage it is not clear how or why he came to be walking on the motorway.

"Our efforts to identify the man have proved to be unsuccessful, however we believe he may have been to a Tinie Tempah concert at the O2 Apollo in Manchester earlier in the evening.

"We are now appealing for the public to come forward with information to help with our inquiries."

Last year, a British couple died after being knocked down while trying to cross a five-lane freeway while on holiday in West Virginia, America.

Edward McElroy, 76, and his wife Brenda, 70, were trying to get to a restaurant that hotel staff recommended for dinner when they were killed.

They were hit by a pick-up truck and died instantly.

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