Names of victims of M1 crash released as lorry driver due to appear in court

A lorry driver is due in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving after crash on the M1 which killed eight people.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, from Worcestershire, is charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

He will appear in custody at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court.

The other lorry driver, David Wagstaff, 53, from Stoke-on-Trent, has also been charged in connection with the crash.

He is accused of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Wagstaff is on bail to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court on 11 September.

A five-year-old girl was left fighting for her life following the crash. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three passengers, including a five-year-old girl, were left fighting for their lives after the crash on Saturday involving two lorries and the minibus they were travelling in.

Six men and two women died when the three vehicles collided shortly before 3.15am on the southbound carriageway of the motorway near Newport Pagnell, between junctions 15 and 14.

A fourth person was admitted to hospital with less severe injuries.

The minibus driver and owner of Nottingham-based ABC Travels, Cyriac Joseph, who was killed in the crash has been described as an "extraordinary father".

He had been taking a group of people from India to London from where they were due to start a tour of Europe.

Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph died in the crash. Credit: ITV News Central

Three other people who died have been named as employees of IT company Wipro.

A spokeswoman for the firm said:

It is with deep regret and sadness that we confirm the passing away of three of our colleagues, Karthikeyan Ramasubramaniyam Pugalur, Rishi Rajeev Kumar, and Vivek Bhaskaran in a tragic road accident in the UK.

Spokeswoman, Wipro