Sentences given to minibus crash lorry drivers

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The two lorry drivers who caused a severe crash on the M1 which killed eight people have been jailed.

Seven passengers and the driver of a minibus were killed when FedEx driver David Wagstaff collided with the stationary minibus on August 26, 2017 near Newport Pagnell. The vehicle had its hazard lights on and was attempting to overtake a stationary lorry, driven by Ryszard Masierak, who had come to a stop on the leftmost lane of the motorway. Ryszard was breath-tested at twice the drink-drive limit, while David was found to have been distracted by a hand-free phone call and took no evasive action despite the vehicles being in his view for an estimated nine seconds. The incident also seriously injured a further four minibus passengers.

At Aylesbury Crown Court, Ryszard Masierak, 31, was jailed for 14 years after being convicted of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. David Wagstaff, 54, was jailed for three years and four months after admitting to eight counts of causing death by careless driving and four counts of causing serious injury by careless driving.

The minibus was driven by Cyriac Joseph, the proprietor of ABC Travels of Nottingham. was crushed between their two vehicles when Masierak came to a complete stop in the slow lane while twice the legal alcohol limit.