The taxi driver who was killed alongside seven others in the deadliest motorway crash in 24 years was taking a family to start their dream European holiday after a ‘drunk lorry smashed into their minibus’.
The group of eleven were on their way to the Eurostar when their minibus was ‘squashed flat’ in a crash with two delivery trucks on the M1 at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Six men and two women died at the scene including the driver while three others – including a five-year-old girl who was pulled from the wreckage – are fighting for their lives in hospital.
Lorry driver Ryszard Masierak, 31, from Worcestershire, has been charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the drink-drive limit, Thames Valley Police said. David Wagstaff, aged 53, of Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was charged causing death by dangerous driving.