Six years for double death driver

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A LORRY driver whose truck killed two Wigan men has been jailed for a total of six years.

Malcolm Simpson, 62, from North Yorkshire, was found guilty of two counts of dangerous driving after a week-long trial at Chester Crown Court.

Friends Philip Cawley, 39, of Ashton and Thomas Southward, 68, who was working for him, were killed instantly after being hit by a lorry driven by Simpson while they changed a tyre during a breakdown on the M6 motorway.

Recorder of Chester Judge Elgan Edwards told Simpson: “The tachograph evidence we have heard for the month preceding displayed a somewhat cavalier attitude to taking the required breaks from driving required under the legislation.

“There were one or two incidents of drifting out of your lane beforehand and you should have been warned by that and taken appropriate action.

“But you continued driving, drifted on to the hard shoulder, killing two entirely innocent men going about their business who stood no chance whatsoever.”

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