UPDATE: Second man in just over a week dies after walking on M61 motorway

The M61 northbound, near Rivington services. Picture from Google Maps.

The M61 northbound, near Rivington services. Picture from Google Maps.

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A 68-YEAR-OLD man has died after being hit by a lorry on the M61 in the early hours of this morning.

The man was hit by the vehicle on the M61 northbound, just north of Rivington Services between junctions 6 and 8 at about 1.30am.

It is thought that the man, who has been named as Stephen Hayes from Blackpool, was on foot on the motorway after earlier visiting Rivington Services.

Mr Hayes is the second person to be killed while walking on that stretch of the motorway in just over a week.

His death follows that of 30-year-old Gary Wood, from Blackburn, who was hit by a car as he travelled home from a Tinie Tempah gig in Manchester.

Police are now investigating the circumstances of the incident and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Sgt Finn Quainton, from the road policing unit, 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.”


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The motorway was closed between junctions 6 and 8 of the M61 northbound overnight.

Lanes two and three were later re-opened, then the motorway was fully reopened by 9am.

Glen Jolley, a manager at Subway at the services, said: "I have just seen traffic starting to move for the first time about five minutes ago.

"It looks like the police have opened two of the three lanes, and the services are now open again."

The lorry driver has not been arrested.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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6:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

Our streets says...

So many fatalities on the M61
R.I.P my thoughts are with your family & friends!!
So many fatalities on the M61 R.I.P my thoughts are with your family & friends!! Our streets
  • Score: 27

8:23am Fri 11 Apr 14

MarkAllRead says...

This has happened *again*? Why are people walking around on the motorway at night?
This has happened *again*? Why are people walking around on the motorway at night? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 63

8:36am Fri 11 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

A lot of them happen in that approximate area.
A lot of them happen in that approximate area. Wolfie190
  • Score: 13

11:44am Fri 11 Apr 14

dolly21bolton says...

Do people's parents not teach their kids road/rail safety any more, or is the problem due to the "I am superman" effect of booze?
Do people's parents not teach their kids road/rail safety any more, or is the problem due to the "I am superman" effect of booze? dolly21bolton
  • Score: -5

12:49pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Surely the experts should be able to tell us why so many people are walking about that area of the motorway? I suspect it's something to do with the bridge and people getting lost whilst drunk so maybe it should to closed completely to stop these tragedies?
Surely the experts should be able to tell us why so many people are walking about that area of the motorway? I suspect it's something to do with the bridge and people getting lost whilst drunk so maybe it should to closed completely to stop these tragedies? Rememberscarborough
  • Score: -10

1:21pm Fri 11 Apr 14

zoomzam says...

Common sense dictates that there is a problem with the way the service area has been designed. Is it leading people onto the motorway instead of the car park or is service area not lit properly?
Common sense dictates that there is a problem with the way the service area has been designed. Is it leading people onto the motorway instead of the car park or is service area not lit properly? zoomzam
  • Score: -15

1:43pm Fri 11 Apr 14

SomertonRoadLad says...

zoomzam wrote:
Common sense dictates that there is a problem with the way the service area has been designed. Is it leading people onto the motorway instead of the car park or is service area not lit properly?
I really don't know but it baffles me how anybody, regardless of how drunk they maybe can mistake the slip road entrance or exit of a motorway service station as anything else i.e footpath or a car park???
[quote][p][bold]zoomzam[/bold] wrote: Common sense dictates that there is a problem with the way the service area has been designed. Is it leading people onto the motorway instead of the car park or is service area not lit properly?[/p][/quote]I really don't know but it baffles me how anybody, regardless of how drunk they maybe can mistake the slip road entrance or exit of a motorway service station as anything else i.e footpath or a car park??? SomertonRoadLad
  • Score: 36

3:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

mililly says...

dolly21bolton wrote:
Do people's parents not teach their kids road/rail safety any more, or is the problem due to the "I am superman" effect of booze?
I think you will find he was 68 not a child....
[quote][p][bold]dolly21bolton[/bold] wrote: Do people's parents not teach their kids road/rail safety any more, or is the problem due to the "I am superman" effect of booze?[/p][/quote]I think you will find he was 68 not a child.... mililly
  • Score: 24

4:00pm Fri 11 Apr 14

BarryTrotter says...

mililly wrote:
dolly21bolton wrote: Do people's parents not teach their kids road/rail safety any more, or is the problem due to the "I am superman" effect of booze?
I think you will find he was 68 not a child....
Still had a parent though
[quote][p][bold]mililly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dolly21bolton[/bold] wrote: Do people's parents not teach their kids road/rail safety any more, or is the problem due to the "I am superman" effect of booze?[/p][/quote]I think you will find he was 68 not a child....[/p][/quote]Still had a parent though BarryTrotter
  • Score: -10

6:28pm Fri 11 Apr 14

vicric87 says...

I've seen a number of people walking down the motorway near the Rivington services over the years. They seem to use the services as some sort of local shop.
I've seen a number of people walking down the motorway near the Rivington services over the years. They seem to use the services as some sort of local shop. vicric87
  • Score: 14

11:14pm Fri 11 Apr 14

boydell says...

vicric87 wrote:
I've seen a number of people walking down the motorway near the Rivington services over the years. They seem to use the services as some sort of local shop.
This man came from Blackpool, this would hardly be his "local shop" He was probably hitch hiking back home. It will all come out in the inquest in time. Also, just because a person is on a motorway does not always mean that they are drunk. People are once again passing judgement on this man without knowing the facts.!
[quote][p][bold]vicric87[/bold] wrote: I've seen a number of people walking down the motorway near the Rivington services over the years. They seem to use the services as some sort of local shop.[/p][/quote]This man came from Blackpool, this would hardly be his "local shop" He was probably hitch hiking back home. It will all come out in the inquest in time. Also, just because a person is on a motorway does not always mean that they are drunk. People are once again passing judgement on this man without knowing the facts.! boydell
  • Score: 13

11:14pm Fri 11 Apr 14

boydell says...

vicric87 wrote:
I've seen a number of people walking down the motorway near the Rivington services over the years. They seem to use the services as some sort of local shop.
This man came from Blackpool, this would hardly be his "local shop" He was probably hitch hiking back home. It will all come out in the inquest in time. Also, just because a person is on a motorway does not always mean that they are drunk. People are once again passing judgement on this man without knowing the facts.!
[quote][p][bold]vicric87[/bold] wrote: I've seen a number of people walking down the motorway near the Rivington services over the years. They seem to use the services as some sort of local shop.[/p][/quote]This man came from Blackpool, this would hardly be his "local shop" He was probably hitch hiking back home. It will all come out in the inquest in time. Also, just because a person is on a motorway does not always mean that they are drunk. People are once again passing judgement on this man without knowing the facts.! boydell
  • Score: 2

9:01am Sat 12 Apr 14

danssoncabaret says...

My heart goes out to the family and friends of these two men killed on the motorway. (what ever the reason for them being there) It is very sad and their families are the ones who will suffer.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of these two men killed on the motorway. (what ever the reason for them being there) It is very sad and their families are the ones who will suffer. danssoncabaret
  • Score: 11

12:16pm Sat 12 Apr 14

flash8 says...

Its a shame that no thought has gone out to both drivers and others involved in cleaning up this mess on the M61 including the police etc. People seem to think that the M61 is a public footpath nowadays. This M/Way is pitch black at night in this section past the services and anyone walking on the carriage way has no chance of being seen until they are in the headlamps of the cars, lorrys, coach's or any vehicles that could be in collision with these pedestrians. This is no way to die for anybody in life but if you walk on a busy Motorway in one of the lanes there will only be one consequence.
Its a shame that no thought has gone out to both drivers and others involved in cleaning up this mess on the M61 including the police etc. People seem to think that the M61 is a public footpath nowadays. This M/Way is pitch black at night in this section past the services and anyone walking on the carriage way has no chance of being seen until they are in the headlamps of the cars, lorrys, coach's or any vehicles that could be in collision with these pedestrians. This is no way to die for anybody in life but if you walk on a busy Motorway in one of the lanes there will only be one consequence. flash8
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

flash8 wrote:
Its a shame that no thought has gone out to both drivers and others involved in cleaning up this mess on the M61 including the police etc. People seem to think that the M61 is a public footpath nowadays. This M/Way is pitch black at night in this section past the services and anyone walking on the carriage way has no chance of being seen until they are in the headlamps of the cars, lorrys, coach's or any vehicles that could be in collision with these pedestrians. This is no way to die for anybody in life but if you walk on a busy Motorway in one of the lanes there will only be one consequence.
Agree - good post. However don't believe that we need to be a 'nanny state' and bring in more safety measures. Before we know it we will have cries to reduce the speed limit on that part of the motorway. People should know better than to walk on motorways.

RIP to those that have died.
[quote][p][bold]flash8[/bold] wrote: Its a shame that no thought has gone out to both drivers and others involved in cleaning up this mess on the M61 including the police etc. People seem to think that the M61 is a public footpath nowadays. This M/Way is pitch black at night in this section past the services and anyone walking on the carriage way has no chance of being seen until they are in the headlamps of the cars, lorrys, coach's or any vehicles that could be in collision with these pedestrians. This is no way to die for anybody in life but if you walk on a busy Motorway in one of the lanes there will only be one consequence.[/p][/quote]Agree - good post. However don't believe that we need to be a 'nanny state' and bring in more safety measures. Before we know it we will have cries to reduce the speed limit on that part of the motorway. People should know better than to walk on motorways. RIP to those that have died. Ernagy2
  • Score: 12

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