A HOLMFIRTH motorist who killed a maintenance worker on the M60 when he veered across lanes has been jailed for 18 months.

Anthony Milford, 31, of Greenhill Bank Road, New Mill, was on his way to a match at Bolton Wanderers' Reebok stadium when the accident happened last November.

Milford swerved across the chevrons at Junction 14 on the M60/M61 slip road and ploughed into Eddy Draper, 61.

Milford admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

The court was told Milford, a company manager, almost missed the turn-off for the M61 and had to choose between continuing to Junction 14 or risking a dangerous manoeuvre.

He feared he would miss the start of the match and chose to try to get to the M61. From the fast lane he veered across two lanes and crossed the chevron hatch markings dividing the two motorways.

At between 50mph and 58mph he drove straight into Mr Draper.

Mr Draper, from Chorley, Lancashire, was removing roadwork cones. He was in a lane that had been closed and should have been safe. He was thrown into the air and died instantly.

After the court case, Insp Chris Burrows, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "What Mr Milford did was a deliberate and dangerous act, with total disregard for the safety of other road users."