A junior doctor has died in a crash on the M56 as tributes were paid to the “selfless” man who was fighting coronavirus on the front line.

Abdulrahman Elbayouk, 26, was on his way to check on someone who was unwell when he crashed on Saturday night, his heartbroken family has confirmed.

He was off-shift at the time and was tragically pronounced dead at the scene at junction 3 for Gatley, in Greater Manchester, at around 9.45pm.

Abdulrahman’s Renault Clio hit a Highways Maintenance lorry parked on the hard shoulder, Manchester Evening News reports.

A 57-year-old man and 35-year-old man were taken to hospital with minor injuries, and both men have since been discharged.

No arrests have been made and enquiries remain ongoing.

Abdulrahman worked at North Manchester General Hospital and was described as a “great man” who was “full of positivity”.

Abdulrahman was a junior doctor working on a coronavirus ward

In a statement released on behalf of his family, his brother Omar Elbayouk told Manchester Evening News : “No words can describe what we are feeling right now. Abdulrahman was the rock of our family.

"He was the perfect son and brother, always looking out for us and putting our needs before his.

"His smile was infectious and his actions were always selfless. He made every person that crossed his path feel special and taken care of.

"His presence will be sorely missed but we pray he is in a much better place."

Abdulrahman had moved from his hometown of Rugby to study at University of Manchester around seven years ago.

He tragically died at the scene when he crashed into a lorry on the M56

Good friend Ahmad Balhawan said: "He was a great man, full of positivity. It moved a lot of people in Manchester, this news.

"He was here to work. He was into all sports, he inspired a lot of people in the community, in a lot of mosques. He was a doctor, he was on the frontline. I cannot imagine what his family is going through."

Abdulrahman was a religious man and taught the Quran at Masjid Salahadeen in Fallowfield.

A spokesman for the mosque said he was much loved by the children he taught and will be missed by his class and the community.

Abdulrahman, who was off-shift, was on his way to check on someone who was unwell

In a statement, the mosque said: "Certain people in life embody positivity, optimism and hope. They empower and lift those around them, benefiting both the community and their aakhirah.

"In his short but incredibly productive young life, he was part of many student and community initiatives. ISOC, Fosis, AskDoc, GRF charity to name but a few.

"We are grieved at his passing, and so very sad for the void he leaves behind for his family and friends. However, we bear witness and are comforted by knowing AbdulRahman has returned to his Creator with mountains of good deeds and an incredible legacy."

He was also a member of Didsbury Mosque.

A spokesman for the mosque said: "Dr Abdelrahman was a very special young man with the best of character.

"He was a very well known and active member within the community, we have been flooded with condolences since his tragic death and this is a testimony to how loved and respected he was."

A fundraiser has been set up in his memory.  It has so far raised over £65,000.

To donate, click here.

Det Con Emma Kennedy, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a devastating incident and our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this very difficult time.

“Our officers are working hard to find out exactly what happened in the lead up to this collision and we are appealing for anyone who may have information to come forward and speak to us.

“This is a busy motorway and we believe that there are a number of witnesses who may have dash cam footage or information that can assist us with our enquiries.”