Two pedestrians killed on M6 in Cheshire

Scene of fatal crash on M6 in Cheshire
Image caption The men were hit on the northbound carriageway at 1115 BST

Two men died when they were hit by a lorry on the M6 motorway in Cheshire.

They were struck on the northbound carriageway just after junction 17, Sandbach, at 1115 BST.

Police said a 60-year-old lorry driver, from Selby, North Yorkshire, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The northbound lanes of the motorway have been closed from junction 16, Crewe, to junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel.

The Highways Agency said they hoped to reopen the carriageway by 2300 BST.

They are advising drivers to avoid the area.

Police have started an investigation and have been trying to establish why the men were on the motorway.

An empty car was parked on the hard shoulder at the scene and police are trying to find out if it belonged to the victims.

The lorry driver was taken to hospital. It was not known how serious his injuries were.

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