Two men held after eight die in bank holiday crash on M1

Claudine Rigal
Août 27, 2017

Ryszard Masierak, 31, from Worcestershire, was charged with causing death by risky driving, and four counts of causing serious injury by unsafe driving.

Masierak, 31, will appear High Wycombe Magistrates Court on Monday, while Wagstaff, 53, will appear before Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on September 11.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by unsafe driving and are in police custody.

A minibus has crashed with two trucks on a British highway, killing eight people and injuring four others.

Two men, both the drivers of the two lorries involved, have been arrested.

A woman, a man and a five-year-old girl, who were also travelling in the minibus, were taken to hospital where they all now remain in a life-threatening condition.

The minibus was believed to have travelled from the Nottingham area, police said.

Ismail Elmagdoub, director of AIM Logistics, said: "One of our vehicles was involved in a serious incident on the M1 southbound, junction 14 this morning at approximately 3am".

The driver of the minibus has been locally identified as India-born Cyriac Joseph.

In a Facebook post he wrote: "Hearty condolences".

He added: "My dearest friend Benny passed away this morning after a huge road accident happened in M1 in London".

Eyewitnesses described the crash as horrific.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "It is devastating. Benny is the ideal driver".

"I'm walking home with a blanket that the ambulance service provided me to stay warm because the little girl has got my jacket to keep herself safe".

Brett Smith, from Newport Pagnell, streamed a live video of himself on to Facebook, minutes after leaving the scene of the crash.

Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, said, "The scene facing the officers who attended was complex and the recovery operation which followed was challenging".

Television footage showed a truck with its cab crushed and the wreckage of the minibus being towed away.

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