A LORRY motorist confronting 20 charges over a motorway horror pile-up that left eight people passed has broken down in tears in court.
Ryszard Masierak, 31, is accused of being over the ethanol extent when his lorry was concerned in the occurrence on the M1 in Buckinghamshire early on Saturday.
The Polish trucker’s Scania allegedly came to a hindrance in the southbound delayed line of the M1 in Buckinghamshire for 12 mins before the crash.
Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph, who was holding a party of Indian tourists to London, is believed to have collided with a second lorry as he attempted to equivocate Masierak’s car just after 3pm.
He and 5 other men and two women died.
Three passengers, including a five-year-old girl, were left fighting for their lives, and a fourth suffered teenager injuries in the pile-up between junctions 15 and 14.
Masierak seemed at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Monday, wearing a grey tracksuit.
With short, cropped brownish-red hair and stubble, he listened earnestly to record around a Polish interpreter as the charges were review out.
He faces eight depends of causing death by dangerous driving, 4 depends of causing critical damage by dangerous pushing and eight depends of causing death by drifting pushing while over the prescribed ethanol limit.
The justice listened that he is accused of having 55mg of ethanol per 100ml of blood. The authorised pushing extent is 35mg.
Masierak, of Evesham, Worcestershire, done no focus for bail and did not prove how he would beg to the charges.
He was remanded in control to seem next at Aylesbury Crown Court on Sep 26.
A second lorry driver, David Wagstaff, 53, of Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with eight depends of causing death by dangerous pushing and 4 depends of causing critical damage by dangerous driving.
He was bailed to seem at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Sep 11.
Speaking after the justice hearing, Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, from Thames Valley Police, said: “The charges are in tie with a collision shortly before 3.15am on Saturday the 26th of August.
“Six men and two women died. Four people who were harmed sojourn in a critical condition in hospital.
“We have had full team-work from the two burden companies involved. They are entirely ancillary us with the inquiries.
“Our thoughts sojourn very much with those influenced by this tragedy.”
Three other people who died were named on Sunday as employees of IT company Wipro.
A mouthpiece for the organisation said: “It is with low bewail and unhappiness that we endorse the flitting divided of 3 of the colleagues, Karthikeyan Ramasubramaniyam Pugalur, Rishi Rajeev Kumar, and Vivek Bhaskaran in a comfortless highway collision in the UK.
“Another colleague, Mano Ranjan Panneerselvam was critically harmed in the collision and we are praying for his rapid recovery.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who lost their lives in this tragedy.
“We will continue to yield all assistance to the families in this hour of grief.”
Brett Smith, 36, was one of the first on the stage after the collision and described how he tried to save a little girl trapped in the minibus, giving her his coupler to keep warm.
He said: “A family has been destroyed.
“I held a little girl by her arms, trapped inside a vehicle, for a good hour or so with the emergency services and the fire service trying to help.
“I walked home with a sweeping that the ambulance service supposing me to stay comfortable since the little girl has got my coupler to keep herself safe.”
Brett added: “I could see everything. It was not flattering – it was a fight zone
“There was blood everywhere.”
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