The family of a Bury man man who was killed in a collision on the M65 have paid a moving tribute to a “loving, supportive and protective dad”.
The incident occurred shortly before 5.30am on Friday, March 11th, when a black Hyundai i10, a white Fiat Ducato and a blue Ford Fiesta collided.
It is believed the Hyundai broke down in lane one of the westbound motorway and the driver got out, before both the vehicle and driver were struck by the Fiat van. The Fiesta then collided with the Hyundai vehicle.
Sadly the driver of the Hyundai – who has since been named as Paul Marshall 67, from Bury – died at the scene.
His family have now paid the following tribute: “Gone too soon. To say my dad’s sudden passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and lives is an understatement.
“He was such a loving, supportive and protective dad and grandad, always there when we needed him, whether for his comforting words, practical advice or just to embrace us and tell us it was ‘all going to be okay’.
“His pride and encouragement in us was infectious, and made us feel like we could do anything we dreamed of. He was a loyal and loving friend, the calm in the storm, and showed such compassion and love for others, even if he didn’t know them personally. Their humanity or time of need was what was important to him.
“It’s difficult to put into words how his loss has affected all of those who loved and knew him, his family and friends. Our lives will never be the same again without him in it. The impact of his death resonates in everything we think about, do and see because my dad was an everyman, who cared for, and lived for those he loved, and for those who loved him.
“It is an honour that I could say he was my dad, he led by example and taught me to be loving, compassionate, patient and resilient. My dad was loved so much by my older brother, and he will miss him being there for him, and his leisurely days out.
“Dad will be remembered forever. Loved always.”
An investigation remains ongoing to establish exactly what occurred and officers are continuing to appeal for information about the crash.
Sgt Marc Glass, of the Lancashire Police Tactical Operations team, said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with Mr Marshall’s family and friends. This is an unimaginably difficult time for them and we send them out deepest condolences.
“We are continuing to work hard to piece together what exactly happened and we are asking anybody who has information about the collision and has not yet spoken to police to get in touch. Perhaps you were on the M65 at the time and saw the collision, or have dashcam showing it or the vehicles involved in the moments before it occurred. Whatever information you have, please let us know.”