A lorry driver has denied five counts of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash on the M6 motorway.
Polish national Zbigniew Grzabel also pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a collision involving a truck and Nissan Micra M6 near Stafford on 24th May 2017.
The 61-year-old, from Tipton, entered pleas at Stafford Crown Court. He will stand trial in June.
Grzabel, wearing a dark suit and cost, appeared in the dock and followed proceedings with the help of a Polish interpreter.
Four women and a man, all Romanian nationals, died in the crash on the southbound carriageway between junction 15 and junction 14, in the early hours.
Among the victims were driver 45-year-old Marius Zevian, 45, and Cucoana Zevian, who was 49.
Also killed were 56-year-old Gheorghita Radu, 42-year-old Nicoleta-Marinela Florea, and 34-year-old Marcela Sandu, 34.
They had been travelling from Stoke-on-Trent in a Nissan Micra when the crash happened.
A 37-year-old male front seat passenger who was also in the Micra surviveddespite multiple injuries.
Setting a trial date, judge Martin Butterworth told Grzabel, who appeared on unconditional bail:
Your trial is going to be on June 18th. You have obligations before then, in particular to provide a defence statement, before March 21st.
You must attend your trial and if you do not you will have committed a criminal offence and you may be tried in your absence.
I renew your bail on the same terms as before.