Eight die, four hurt in M-way minibus hor­ror

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - DEATH OF A PRINCESS: 20 YEARS ON - Alis­tair Grant agrant@sun­day­post.com

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.

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