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M56 crash: Tributes to Julie Darnell and Anthony Bainbridge

Julie Darnell and Anthony Bainbridge Image copyright Other
Image caption Julie Darnell and Anthony Bainbridge died in a four-vehicle crash in Cheshire

Tributes have been paid to two people who died in a four-vehicle crash on a motorway in Cheshire on Thursday.

Julie Darnell, 39, from St Helens and 49-year-old lorry driver Anthony Bainbridge from County Durham died when a bus, two lorries and a car collided on the M56 near Runcorn.

Ms Darnell's family said she was a "loved partner" and "loving mother".

Mr Bainbridge, a grandparent, was described as "a joker, always making people laugh".

In a tribute released through police, Ms Darnell's family said: "Julie was full of fun with a great sense of humour and lived life to the full, a very special confident woman who was kind, considerate, caring and touched so many people′s lives."

She was an "avid Liverpool supporter" and motor sports fan, they said.

Mr Bainbridge's family also released a tribute, describing him as a "Sunderland fan through and through" who had been a lorry driver for 25 years.

They said: "Anthony was a much loved character in the village of Esh Winning, having been born there and lived in the village all his life.

"Anthony′s untimely death is a sad loss to the whole of Esh Winning and all those that knew and loved him."

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