A man who was walking along the side of one of Scotland’s busiest motorways died after he was hit by a car.

The 41-year-old was on the M8 eastbound carriageway in Glasgow, near the on-slip from the M77, at around 7.25pm on Wednesday.

He was struck by a Vauxhall Astra and pronounced dead at the scene as police and ambulance crews attended.

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The 36-year-old man driving the Astra was not injured.

Stretches of both the M8 and M77 were closed until just before 1am on Thursday, with traffic diverted on to the M74 or Dumbreck Road.

Traffic Scotland asked football clubs on Twitter to make fans aware of the closure as Hamilton Accies played Rangers at the nearby Ibrox Stadium on Wednesday night, while Aberdeen supporters would have been using the M77 to travel back from their match at Kilmarnock.

Officers are now appealing for any information about the incident.

Sergeant Jon Mochan said: “I am appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact us, or anyone who seen a man walking on the motorway, as they may have information that will assist our investigation.

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“I am also keen to hear from any drivers who were on the road at the time who have dash-cam footage.

“This footage will also assist our ongoing inquiries into this crash.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Glasgow Road Policing Unit on 101, quoting reference number 3415 of March 4.