Eight die, four hurt in M-way minibus horror
EIGHT people died in a horror crash which reduced a minibus to a barely recognisable heap.
Six men and two women were killed when the bus and two lorr ies crashed on a motorway, leaving three other passengers fighting for their lives.
Among the three people taken to hospital with lifethreatening injuries were a fiveyear- old girl, a man and a woman, Thames Valley Police said.
A fourth person was admitted to hospital with less severe injuries after the collision on the southbound carriageway of the M1 near Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
Some people travelling on the minibus were visiting the UK from India.
The drivers of the two lorries were arrested in connection with the incident.
A 31- year- old man from Worcestershire was arrested on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of drink-driving.
A 53-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent is also in custody, on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving.
It is thought the minibus had travelled from the Nottingham area, Thames Valley Police said.
Chief Inspector Henry Parsons said: “This collision was deeply distressing for the members of the public who witnessed it, along with the emergency service workers who attended and displayed high levels of professionalism.”
Emergency services were called shortly before 3.15am yesterday and the road was closed until the early afternoon to allow recovery work to take place.
The crumpled wreck of the minibus following yesterday’s tragedy on the M1.
■ The wreckage of the two lorries after the fatal crash in Bucks.