UPDATED: Family of Halifax man killed after accident on motorway pay tribute to “loving husband and devoted father” - celebration of his life will take place on Monday

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The man from Halifax killed in a freak accident on the motorway was “a down to earth, hard working family man”.

The family of Mark Pearson, of Pye Nest Gardens, said the 41-year-old was a devoted father and loving husband.

In a statement released today, they said: “A down to earth, hard working family man, he was a devoted and proud father to Jessie and loving husband to Danielle.

“His parents, his sister, his mother and father-in-law and all his other relatives were always proud of him. He was loved by everyone, not least, the apple of his eye Jessie.

“He had a wide circle of friends, many of who shared his love of football, golf and indeed all sports. A few even shared his passion for Ipswich Town!

“He earned total respect from all his family and friends. He was one good man who will be sadly missed but never forgotten.”

Mr Pearson died last Wednesday after a piece of metal smashed through his windscreen and hit him while he was driving along a motorway.

He was driving a silver Vauxhall Vectra on the M6 on the northbound carriageway and was just approaching the exit at junction 31 at Preston when the accident happened at 11am.

It is thought the metal may have come off another vehicle.

Lancashire Police said an ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital but he died shortly after arriving there.

A celebration of Mr Pearson’s life will be taking place at Park Wood Crematorium in Elland on Monday at 3.45pm.

Any donations will go to Overgate Hospice.

Sergeant Dave Hogarth, from the Lancashire Road Policing Unit, said: “This appears to be an incredibly tragic incident where in the most unusual of circumstances, a man has sadly lost his life.

“I would appeal to anyone who was on the motorway that morning and who witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police.

“I also want motorists to check their vehicles and loads to see if they are missing anything.

“It is important that we carry out a thorough investigation so we can establish exactly what has happened.

“Clearly this is an incredibly difficult time for the family of the man and we have specially trained family liaison officers supporting them.”

The northbound carriageway of the M6 was shut for several hours to allow accident investigators to carryout a full examination of the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.