A lorry driver facing 20 charges over a motorway horror crash in England that left eight people dead has appeared in court. Thames Valley Police said 31-year-old Ryszard Masierak and 51-year-old David Wagstaff have been charged with eight counts of causing death by risky driving.
The two truck drivers arrested from the scene of the accident were charged with causing death by risky driving.
Six men and two women travelling in a Ford Transit minibus died in the collision with Masierak’s Scania lorry and a second lorry on the southbound carriageway near Newport Pagnell.
He is on bail to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 11 September.
Six men and two women travelling in a minibus died in the worst tragedy on Britain’s roads for almost 25 years.
Masierak appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Monday with short, cropped brown hair and stubble, wearing a grey custody tracksuit.
Four people remain in hospital, 3 critically, and one of those is a 5 year-old girl.
A fourth passenger from the minibus was admitted to hospital with less severe injuries.
Some of those killed on the minibus, which was reportedly travelling from Nottingham to Wembley, are believed to have been visiting the United Kingdom from India.
He had been taking a group of people from India to London from where they were due to start a tour of Europe.
“We don’t want him to part us because he was part of every part of our lives”.
He added: “My dearest friend Benny passed away this morning after a huge road accident happened in M1 in London“.
Three other fatalities were named on Sunday evening as employees of IT company Wipro.
Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph, 52, was also killed along with three Indian IT workers, Karthikeyan Ramasubramaniyam Pugalur, Rishi Rajeev Kumar, Vivek Bhaskaran and two others were killed.
Ismail Elmagdoub, director of AIM Logistics, based in Evesham, Worcestershire, said, “We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families who have lost loved ones and also those whom have been injured at this very sad time”. We will continue to provide all assistance to the families in this hour of grief’.