Driv­ers of two lor­ries ar­rested

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - NINA MASSEY news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

S IX men and two women were killed when their minibus and two lor­ries crashed on a mo­tor­way, leav­ing three other pas­sen­gers fight­ing for their lives.

Among the three peo­ple taken to hos­pi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries were a five-year-old girl, a man and a woman, Thames Val­ley Po­lice said.

A fourth per­son was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with less se­vere in­juries af­ter yes­ter­day’s col­li­sion on the south­bound car­riage­way of the M1 near New­port Pag­nell, be­tween junc­tions 15 and 14. Some of those on board the minibus were vis­it­ing the UK from In­dia.

The driv­ers of the two lor­ries were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent in Buck­ing­hamshire. A 31-yearold 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 (TVP) said.

Chief In­spec­tor Henry Par­sons from TVP’s joint op­er­a­tions unit for roads polic­ing, said: “The scene fac­ing the of­fi­cers who at­tended was com­plex and the re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion which fol­lowed was chal­leng­ing.

“Of­fi­cers are work­ing to in­form the next of kin of the peo­ple who died and spe­cially-trained fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cers will be of­fer­ing them their sup­port. 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.

Pic­tures of the ve­hi­cles ap­pear to show a FedEx lorry with its cab crushed and the cab of an AIM Lo­gis­tics lorry twisted around to the side.

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

Bro­ken glass and de­bris from the col­li­sion was scat­tered across the tar­mac.

Is­mail El­mag­doub, di­rec­tor of AIM Lo­gis­tics, said: “One of our ve­hi­cles was in­volved in a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent on the M1 south­bound, junc­tion 14 this morn­ing at ap­prox­i­mately 3am. We would like to ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thy to the fam­i­lies who have lost loved ones and also those who 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.”


The scene on the south­bound car­riage­way of the M1 near New­port Pag­nell

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