Five-year-old girl fights for life after eight are killed in horrific M1 crash
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.
The aftermath of the M1 crash that left eight people dead