Monday, September 13, 2010

2 tow operators killed in the UK

Merseyside man dead in M6 horror

A MERSEYSIDE man was one of two workmates killed in an horrific motorway tragedy.
The 69-year-old victim and his colleague, a 39-year-old from Ashton-in -Makerfield, were changing a tyre on the hard shoulder of the M6 when they were hit by a lorry.
The tragedy happened just after 11.15am yesterday.
The motorway was closed for more than ten hours as police and emergency services worked at the scene.
Cheshire Police said the lorry driver, a 60-year-old man from Selby, in North Yorkshire, was treated in hospital before being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
He was later released on police bail until November 17.
The victims were in two separate recovery trucks which pulled onto the hard shoulder on the northbound carriageway of the M6 just north of junction 17 – the turn off for the south Cheshire town of Sandbach.
They were dealing with a flat tyre on one of the trucks when they were struck by the lorry.
The ECHO understands they were changing the tyre on the side of the vehicle closest to the carriageway.
Police and ambulance services rushed to the scene and a police helicopter was scrambled as the crash caused the shutdown of one of the country’s busiest roads.
Michael Thompson, 46, who was travelling to Liverpool from London to take his son to see Liverpool University said it was the longest delay he has ever experienced.
He told the ECHO: “We flew up to Keele services but then the traffic just stopped.
“We were at a standstill for about four hours and didn’t arrive in Liverpool until well after midnight.
“I heard it was a very serious incident though, and it’s terrible to hear about what happened to those men.”

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