M1 death crash: Lorry driver accused of causing deaths of eight appears in court

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David Wagstaff is urged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving

David Wagstaff is charged with eight totals of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing honest injury by dangerous driving in connection with the accident over the August bank break weekend.

The 53-year-old, from Derwent Street, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Frocked in a dark suit, Wagstaff, who was driving a Mercedes lorry at the time of the fracas, did not indicate how he would plead to the charges.

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The 53-year-old, from Derwent Way, Stoke-on-Trent, appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court

He was granted bail on the make ready that he is not to leave the UK without prior approval of the Crown Court.

The container was sent to Aylesbury Crown Court, where Wagstaff will come on September 26.

At the end of the short hearing, chairman of the bench Sarah Clarke remarked: “As a mark of respect for the families and bereaved in this matter, the bench at ones desire now retire.“

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Polish trucker Ryszard Masierak appearing in court

Furbish trucker Ryszard Masierak, of Evesham, Worcestershire, has already appeared at Tall Wycombe Magistrates’ Court in connection with the crash.

As a mark of element for the families and bereaved in this matter, the bench will now retire

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The 31-year-old faces eight be sure ofs of causing death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing significant injury by dangerous driving and eight counts of causing death by unobservant driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

He allegedly surfaced to a halt in the southbound slow lane of the M1 in Buckinghamshire before the accident antediluvian on August 26.

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Eight people died in the crash and four were enchanted to hospital

Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph, who was taking a party of Indian rubberneckers to London, is believed to have collided with a second lorry as he crack to avoid Masierak’s vehicle.

He died along with five other men and two sweethearts, while four other passengers were taken to hospital.

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