HGV driver charged after M6 death crash

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A LORRY driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, after two Wigan men were killed in a fatal collision on one of the country’s busiest motorways.

Philip Cawley, 39, (above) from Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, and Thomas Southward, 69, (right) from Haydock, were changing a tyre on the hard shoulder of the M6 at Sandbach on September 9 last year when they were struck by a HGV. Both men were killed.

Mr Cawley, a father-of-one. and Mr Southward, a father-of-three and grandfather-of-five, were believed to be work colleagues on their way to a car auction in Haydock at the time of the crash.

The driver of the wagon was arrested and an investigation was conducted by Cheshire Police.

Malcolm Simpson, 61, from Selby, in West Yorkshire, was charged on January 27 with causing death by dangerous driving. He will appear before South Cheshire Magistrates on February 15.