Five-year-old girl fights for life af­ter eight are killed in hor­rific M1 crash

Sunday Herald - - NEWS - SPE­CIAL RE­PORT BY BRIDGET MOR­RIS

SIX men and two women died in a minibus in­volved in a crash with two lor­ries on the M1 mo­tor­way yes­ter­day.

Three more peo­ple in­clud­ing a five-year-old girl who were in the minibus are fight­ing for their lives in hospi­tal.

Two lorry driv­ers were ar­rested, one of them on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing over the al­co­hol limit.

The crash hap­pened on the south­bound lanes of the mo­tor­way at New­port Pag­nell in Buck­ing­hamshire just af­ter 3am. The ve­hi­cles were trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion be­tween junc­tions 15 and 14 of the M1 when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

The road was closed for sev­eral hours while in­ves­ti­ga­tion work took place, and Northamp­ton­shire Po­lice asked peo­ple trav­el­ling to the Bri­tish Moto GP at Sil­ver­stone to al­low more time for their jour­ney. The car­riage­way even­tu­ally opened shortly af­ter 1pm.

Buck­ing­hamshire and Mil­ton Keynes Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said it had sent six crews as well as three search and res­cue ve­hi­cles to the scene. Fire­fight­ers used hy­draulic equip­ment to re­lease three peo­ple from a ve­hi­cle.

The three in­jured — the five-year-old girl, a woman and a man — are be­ing treated in hospi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries, while an­other woman has se­ri­ous in­juries.

The minibus was trav­el­ling from the Not­ting­ham area and some of those in the minibus were vis­it­ing the UK from In­dia, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The mo­tor­way is one of the coun­try’s busi­est roads and was swelled by peo­ple try­ing to get away for the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day in Eng­land.

Ol­lie Miller, who drove past the scene on Satur­day morn­ing, said: “It looked hor­ri­ble, the two lor­ries were smashed badly and I could see a car or minibus un­der­neath one of the lor­ries. It was to­tally de­stroyed, the car/minibus was ba­si­cally flat.”

There was also ex­ten­sive dam­age to the lor­ries in­volved – a FedEx ve­hi­cle and one be­long­ing to AIM Lo­gis­tics.

Is­mail El­mag­doub, di­rec­tor of AIM Lo­gis­tics, based in Eve­sham, Worces­ter­shire, said: “One of our ve­hi­cles was in­volved in a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent on the M1 south­bound, junc­tion 14 this morn- ing at ap­prox­i­mately 3am. 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. Road safety and com­pli­ance is of the ut­most im­por­tance to AIM Lo­gis­tics and we are con­tin­u­ing to as­sist the po­lice as much as pos­si­ble with their in­quiries.”

Thames Val­ley Po­lice said the two lorry driv­ers, one aged 31 and from Worces­ter­shire, the other aged 53 from Stoke-on-Trent, were be­ing ques­tioned. The 31-year-old man was de­tained on sus­pi­cion of one count of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing and one count of driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle when above the le­gal al­co­hol limit.

Pho­to­graph: BBC

The af­ter­math of the M1 crash that left eight peo­ple dead

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