Lorry driver charged over m-way deaths

Lorry crash victim Thomas Southward, of Haydock
Lorry crash victim Thomas Southward, of Haydock
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A LORRY driver is set to go on trial after he pleaded not guilty to two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

Thomas Southward, 69, of Haydock, was changing a tyre on the hard shoulder of the M6 last September with Philip Cawley, 39, of Ashton-in-Makerfield, when they were both fatally injured in a collision with an HGV.

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

Malcolm Simpson, 61, of Selby, North Yorkshire, was subsequently charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He denied both charges in a preliminary hearing at Chester Crown Court on Monday (May 23) and is set to go on trial on September 13.

The trial is scheduled to last three days and the defendant’s unconditional bail was extended.