Leeds & West Yorkshire

Couple killed in M62 motorway crash in West Yorkshire named

Incident on the M62 between junction 25 and 26
Image caption The westbound carriageway was closed for 11 hours

Police have named a couple who died when their car collided with a lorry on the M62 in West Yorkshire.

Mark and Tamsie McHale, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, died at the scene of the crash in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police said a lorry collided with the couple's Audi on the westbound carriageway between junction 26 for Chain Bar and junction 25 at Brighouse.

The 43-year-old lorry driver, from North East Lincolnshire, was arrested.

He was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, after being treated in hospital for minor injuries, and has been released on bail while inquiries continue.

Colleagues 'gutted'

Mrs McHale, 43, was deputy headteacher at Gilesgate Primary School in County Durham.

Mark Turner, the school's headteacher, described Mrs McHale as an "absolutely fantastic person".

"Tamsie was an absolutely superb teacher, one of the best teachers that I've had the pleasure to meet. She was dedicated, she was passionate. She loved her job.

"She motivated children and she was really concerned about getting the best out of them."

Mr McHale, 46, ran the HairHaus Hair and Beauty salon in Bishop Auckland along with his wife.

In a statement Kendra Hughes, from the salon, said staff were "absolutely gutted" and the couple would be "massively missed".

She said the salon was open as usual on Thursday.

"Some may think this is disrespectful or whatever but if you knew [Mark] as well as myself and the team he would go absolutely nuts if we shut his shop," said Mrs Hughes.

Sgt Garry Alderson, of West Yorkshire Police's major collision enquiry team, said: "Clearly this was a very serious incident which has sadly resulted in the deaths of the man and woman travelling in the Audi.

"We are conducting a full collision investigation at the scene and obviously this will take time given the seriousness of the incident."

He appealed to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact his team.

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