March 24, 2018 / 12:06 AM / 9 months ago

Two lorry drivers jailed over crash that left 8 dead on M1 motorway- BBC

March 23 (Reuters) - Two lorry drivers have been jailed over a crash on the M1 motorway in Buckinghamshire that left eight people dead last summer, the BBC reported on Friday.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and David Wagstaff, 54, was sentenced to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving, the BBC said.

Judge Francis Sheridan described Masierak as a “persistent, unmitigated, if not very accomplished liar” who had shown “no remorse”, adding the driver had tried to blame everyone else, the BBC said.

Masierak was twice the drink-drive limit while Wagstaff was on a hands-free call in cruise control when their lorries collided with a minibus on August 26, 2017. All of the deceased and injured were on the minibus in the collision near the English town of Newport Pagnell, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of London.

Sheridan said the crash was one of the most serious in Britain for more than 26 years, the BBC said. (Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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