A man has died in a collision on the M66 motorway near Bury.

Emergency services responded to what was initially reported as a multi-vehicle collision on the motorway between junction 2 at Bury and junction 3 at Pilsworth at about 8pm on Friday.

Police now say that they received a report that a male pedestrian had been seen on the motorway shortly before the incident, and that they believe the man was then involved in a collision.

The southbound carriageway was immediately closed and a diversion put in place, with motorists warned that the closure would be likely to remain in place for some time.

More than three hours on at about 11.30pm, as the southbound side remained closed, North West Motorway Police tweeted to say that the northbound side was also being closed to carry out further investigation work.

Then a short time later, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a person had died.

A GMP spokesman said: "Police are currently responding to a fatal collision on the M66 motorway.

"At around 8pm on Friday 20 December 2019, police received a report that a pedestrian had been seen near junction two on the M66.

"It is believed that the man died after being involved in a collision between Bury and Pilsworth a short time later.

"A scene remains in place as police continue enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident."

As of midnight, the M66 remained closed in both directions while emergency service personnel and Highways England officers continued their work.

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