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Tributes have been paid to a 'selfless' junior doctor who died in a motorway car crash.

Abdulrahman Elbayouk, was off-shift but travelling to check on someone unwell when he crashed on the M56 on Saturday night, leaving his family distraught.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after his Renault Clio hit a Highways Maintenance lorry parked on the hard shoulder at junction 3 for Gatley, Greater Manchester at around 9.45pm.

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

No arrests have been made and enquiries remain ongoing.

The 26-year-old, who worked on the Covid-19 ward at North Manchester General Hospital, was described as a 'great man' who was 'full of positivity'.

In a statement released on behalf of his family, his brother Omar Elbayouk told the 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.

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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.

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.

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"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."

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