Lorry drivers charged over M1 fatal crash

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Eight minibus passengers died in the crash with two lorries on the southbound M1 at Newport Pagnell

Two lorry drivers have been charged over a crash on the M1 on Saturday which left eight people dead and four with serious injuries.

Six men and two women were killed when the minibus they were in collided with two lorries near Milton Keynes.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, and David Wagstaff, 53, have been charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

They also face four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Mr Masierak, of Barnards Close, Evesham, Worcestershire, was charged with eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the drink-drive limit.

He will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Mr Wagstaff, of Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is due before Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 11 September.

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The crash happened at about 03:15 BST on Saturday

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All of those who died and who were injured were travelling on the minibus, believed to be from Nottingham

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Friends of Cyriac Joseph, the owner of the minibus involved in the crash, paid tribute to him online

A five-year-old girl, a man and a woman were left with life-threatening injuries, and are still critically ill in hospital. Another woman has serious injuries.

Thames Valley Police said the vehicles were all travelling in the same direction southbound between junctions 15 and 14 at Newport Pagnell at about 03:15 BST on Saturday.

Some of those on board the minibus, which carried branding for the Nottingham-based firm ABC Travels, were visiting the UK from India, police said.

Tributes were paid online to the company’s owner, Cyriac Joseph, who was also known as Benny.

“My dearest friend Benny passed away this morning after a huge road accident happened in M1 in London,” said Soyimon Joseph in a Facebook post.

“Hearty condolences. I never thought yesterday 10pm you say thank you to me it was our last meeting.”

Another Facebook tribute read: “Words cannot describe how helpful you are. You are there when we need you. You are my big brother.

“My deepest and sincere condolences to my best friend Cyriac Joseph (Benny),” wrote Manu Zachariah.

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Recovery of the vehicles and investigation work meant the road was closed for many hours

Pictures of the vehicles showed significant damage to the two lorries, which appeared to belong to courier firm FedEx and AIM Logistics.

Spokesmen for the two companies expressed sympathies to those who lost loved ones in the crash, and said the companies were assisting police with their inquiries.

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