Two men killed on M6 in Cheshire are named by police

Philip Cawley and Thomas Southward
Image caption Police believe the men were changing a wheel when they were struck

Two men who were killed when they were hit by a lorry on the M6 in Cheshire have been named by police.

Philip Cawley, 39, of Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, and Thomas Southward, 69, of Haydock, Merseyside, died in the crash on 9 September.

Police believe the men were changing a wheel on the hard shoulder when they were struck by the lorry on the northbound carriageway near Sandbach.

The driver was questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 60-year-old lorry driver, from Selby, North Yorkshire, has been bailed until 17 November.

Family tributes

Mr Cawley leaves a wife and young daughter. His wife said in a statement: "Phil Cawley was a beloved husband, father and son.

"He was devoted to his family and work, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

Mr Southward's wife said: ''Tommy Southward was devoted husband to Jean, loving dad to his daughters Tina, Vicky and Jane and loving granddad to his five grandchildren.

"He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends. Tommy lived for his family, and also his golf which he regularly enjoyed."

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