Lancashire

Boy killed when hit by lorry on M61 near Bolton

Kane Fairbrother
Image caption The teenager had just left school

A 16-year-old boy was killed when he was hit by a lorry on the M61 motorway in Lancashire, police have said.

Kane Fairbrother, was struck on the northbound carriageway, near Bolton West services, at about 0950 BST.

The air ambulance was sent to the accident but the boy, from Horwich in Bolton, died at the scene.

Officers are trying to trace witnesses and particularly want to speak to anyone who saw a young man in a grey tracksuit in the area beforehand.

'Extremely tragic'

Kane, who left Rivington and Blackrod High School in May having finished his GCSEs, was due to attend Bolton College in September to start an apprenticeship as a plumber.

The teenager had a brother and sister and a step sister,

His family said: "He was a loveable young lad and he will be dearly missed."

Lancashire Police said the witness they wanted to trace might have been in and around the services, and also in the surrounding roads and fields.

Insp Damian Kitchen, of Lancashire Police, said: "This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the young man's family and friends.

"We are currently supporting the family with specially trained police officers."

The road was closed for about two hours for an accident investigation to be carried out but has since reopened.

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