A FORMER footballer has been charged with causing the deaths of a married couple by dangerous driving.

Richard and Angela Wong were killed aged 62 and 56 respectively after a horrific crash on the M56 back in September.

Northwich Guardian:

Several cars and a lorry were involved in the accident on the eastbound carriageway of the motorway between junction 10 at Stretton and junction nine at Lymm.

Mrs Wong was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mr Wong died in hospital three days later.

Five other casualties suffered minor injuries during the incident, which occurred shortly before 5.30pm on Thursday, September 19 2019.

Northwich Guardian:

Ex-Barnsley FC striker Steven Bennett, who was driving the DAF HGV, has now been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident.

The 28-year-old academy graduate, of Barnsley, made a handful of first team appearances for the Tykes during their 2010/11 Championship season.

He is due to appear before Chester Magistrates Court tomorrow, Friday, in order to face these charges.

Mr and Mrs Wong’s son and daughter paid tribute to the ‘devoted’ couple in the wake of their deaths last year.

In a statement, their children said: “Angela and Richard were loving parents and grandparents, as well as a loving brother and sister.

“They were a devoted couple who had been married for 37 years and were well loved by all those who were fortunate to have known them – they touched the hearts and enriched the lives of everyone who knew them.

“Our parents leave behind two children, two grandchildren and an extensive family and group of friends who are all devastated by their sudden loss – they will be truly missed by everyone who knew them.

“We are forever grateful to have had them as our wonderful parents – we love them very much and they will be forever in our hearts.

“The family at this time respectfully request to be left alone so that we can grieve and mourn their passing.”

The M56 remained shut for 12 hours following the incident before reopening at around 5am the next day.