A FAMILY has paid tribute to a man killed in a motorbike smash as “one in a million”.

Peter Lawson, 54, died after his Honda CB 600cc was involved in a head-on collision in Gisburn Road, Blacko, on Monday.

Today, family members remembered “loving, genuine” Mr Lawson, who lived in Burnley.

In a statement, his partner Sally and daughter Gemma said: “Peter was a loving, genuine man who was a motorbike fanatic.

“He was generous and kind, a friend to everyone and loved by many.

“He was one in a million. He will be sadly missed by everyone.

"This has left a massive hole in everyone's hearts.”

He also leaves a granddaughter, Bethany.

Police said Mr Lawson had attempted to overtake a number of vehicles in Gisburn Road before the head-on crash with another vehicle, at around 2.30pm.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene and the other driver was airlifted to the Royal Blackburn Hospital suffering from multiple injuries to his head and shoulders, and a suspected fractured back.

Today, a police spokesman said his injuries were not life-threatening and he was in a stable condition.

The smash that killed Mr Lawson is the latest accident in Gisburn Road in recent years.

In May 2008, a 59-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured after hitting a wall.

It led local county councillor Mike Calvert to demand highways officers take action to make the road safer.

He said: “This is a known danger road. There have been accidents involving other vehicles, some literally by people going too fast, and some where pedestrians have been involved.”

In September 2007, Christopher Lees, 41, was killed after being flung from his motorbike following a crash in the road.