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Six years for driver after M6 motorway deaths

13/01/2012

Driver convicted of M6 deaths

A man has been convicted of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving after two men were killed when a HGV hit them after veering onto the hard should of the M6 motorway

Malcolm Simpson, 62, was driving a Scania heavy goods vehicle on September 9th 2010, when motorway CCTV showed it entering the hard shoulder area and colliding with both victims, who were changing a tyre on their van.

The men suffered massive traumatic injuries and both were pronounced dead at the scene

Rachael Barber, Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: "Both victims were simply completing a journey for work that day, but had to stop to change a tyre. The lorry driven by Simpson veered onto the hard shoulder hitting both victims.  It was the Crown's case that Simpson had fallen asleep and momentarily lost control of his vehicle with catastrophic effect."

Simpson was convicted at Chester Crown Court today after a three day trial. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

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