THE identity of a man who died on a motorway crash near Chorley has been revealed.
Michael Garfin, 39, from Chorley, was hit by a lorry and killed as he tried to rescue his pet dog as his family stood just feet away.
It is believed he was trying to retrieve his German Shepherd from the northbound carriage of the M6, near Charnock Richard Services, following a crash.
Just minutes before, the light blue Audi A4, in which he was travelling with his family had left the carriageway, hit a lamp-post, gone down the embankment and collided with trees.
The man, his wife and two young daughters, who are believed to be aged around five-years-old, managed to make their way on to the hard shoulder.
It is not clear how the animal escaped, but police believe it ran on to the M6 and the man ventured out on to the carriageway after it and was hit by a HGV.
Emergency services were called to the motorway just after 12.05pm yesterday.
The man, who has not been named but comes from Chorley, suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
One lane of the motorway was closed between junction 27 at Standish and junction 28 at Leyland while investigators examined the scene.
It remained shut throughout the afternoon. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 08451 253545.
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