Minibus firm proprietor killed in M1 crash

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Major incident on the M1 near Newport Pagnell Eight people aboard a minibus have been killed in a collision involved two lorries and a Ford Transit minibus belonging to ABC Travels of Nottingham. The vehicle was transporting visitors from India as they began their European tour at the time.

Six men and two women died in the crash, including the vehicle’s driver and owner of ABC Travels, Cyriac Joseph, also known as Benny.

As this issue went to press, a woman, a man and a five-year-old girl remained in hospital with life-threatening injuries, while another woman had been taken to hospital but was expected to recover.

Sky News reported that the incident is the worst loss of life in a single incident on UK roads since 1993, when 13 people died in a minibus crash on the M40.

Two men have now been charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving – lorry drivers Ryszard Masierak (31) and David Wagstaff (53).

One of the two men, Ryszard has also been charged with eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit.