8 killed in United Kingdom motorway crash

Benny and family

Benny and family

Eight people have died and four are injured after a minibus and two lorries crashed on the M1 in Buckinghamshire this morning.

Thames Valley Police said the minibus was believed to have travelled from the Nottingham area.

Three passengers, including a five-year-old girl, were today fighting for their lives in hospital following the crash at around 3.15am on Saturday.

The men, Ryszard Masierak, 31, and David Wagstaff, 53, have been charged on eight counts of unsafe driving causing death and four counts of causing serious injuries by risky driving.

Also a 53-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent arrested on suspicion of one count of causing death by risky driving.

Police arrested the drivers of both lorries.

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Some of those on board the minibus were visiting the United Kingdom from India. Eight people in total have died following the incident while four injured remain in serious condition.

Another image shows what appears to be the crumpled wreckage of the minibus on the back of a flatbed truck.

"We will continue to work with the authorities as we try and piece together the pieces of this tragic incident".

Emergency services are now still on the scene and the motorway is closed off between Northampton and Milton Keynes, causing congestion as travellers descend on the roads for the Bank Holiday weekend. Our deepest thoughts and concerns are with all of those involved.

"Anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 214 of 26/8".

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