Lorry driver cleared of dangerous driving over fatal M1 crash which killed eight

Eight people died in the crash near Newport Pagnell last summer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A lorry driver has been found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a motorway crash which killed eight people.

David Wagstaff from Stoke was one of two HGV drivers who were involved in the M1 pile-up near the southbound Newport Pagnell slip road on August 26 last year.

He had already pleaded guilty to eight counts of death by careless driving.

David Wagstaff Credit: ITV News Anglia

A second lorry driver Ryszard Masierak, from Worcestershire, was found guilty of ​eight counts of c​ausing death​ and four counts of causing serious injury ​by dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court yesterday.

The widow of minibus driver Cyriac Joseph, who died along with seven of his passengers, was in court for the verdicts. Judge Sheridan praised the families of the deceased. He said: "I pay tribute to their constant dignity in a dreadful case with very sad, tragic consequences."

The two drivers will be sentenced on March 23.

Ryszard Masierak Credit: Thames Valley Police