POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed on the M61 after being hit by a lorry.
The man - who has been named by police as Stephen Hayes from Blackpool - was thought to have been on foot on the motorway (northbound) between Chorley and Horwich after previously visiting Rivington Services at around 1.30am on Friday when he was hit by the HGV.
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 reopened fully at around lunchtime following the investigation.