20-Sep-2017
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Drunk Polish lorry driver stopped in the middle of the slow lane for 12 minutes

LONDON Aug 29: A homeless Polish-born lorry driver accused of killing eight people had stopped in the slow lane of the M1 for 12 minutes before the crash and was almost twice the drink drive limit, a court heard yesterday, Daily Mail reported.
 
Ryszard Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, sobbed in the dock at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court where he appeared in connection with Britain's most deadly road crash for a generation.
 
Six men and two women travelling in a minibus including its much-loved driver Cyriac Joseph died in the worst tragedy on Britain's roads for nearly 25 years. 
 
Their vehicle had to swerve to avoid Masierak's stationary Scania lorry, which had been stationary in lane one for nearly quarter of an hour.
 
But the minibus was 'squashed flat' as it collided with a second lorry in lane two with all three vehicles then smashing into each other near Newport Pagnell at 3.15am on Saturday morning. 
 
Masierak, whose former flatmate said he is living in his car after splitting with his wife, was also charged with cdrink driving after he gave a reading of 55 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath - the legal limit for driving is 35. 
 
He is accused of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit. 
 
Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph, 52, was also killed along with three Indian IT workers, Karthikeyan Ramasubramaniyam Pugalur, Rishi Rajeev Kumar and Vivek Bhaskaran.
 
Mr Joseph's son Benson, wife Ancy and daughter Bennita prayed for him in church yesterday at a special memorial service in his honour in Nottingham yesterday. 
 
Four others, including the orphaned girl, were seriously hurt. She was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour and was found under a seat.
 
They were part of group of 11 family and friends travelling from Nottingham to London to go on a holiday to France.
Masierak sobbed in the dock at High Wycombe Magistrates Court as a total of 20 charges were read to him.
 
In addition to causing death by dangerous driving Masierak of Barnards Close, Evesham, Worcestershire, is accused of four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and eight counts of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit.
 
He allegedly gave a reading of 55 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath - the legal limit for driving is 35.
 
His lawyer Sarah Powell handed Masierak, who was dressed in a grey track suit, a tissue as the charges were read. She said no plea would be entered at this stage and did not apply for bail.
 
The lorry driver, who was aided by an interpreter, had his head bowed for most of the 35 minutes hearing.
 
Prosecutor Zainab Mohamed said the collision, which happened on the southbound carriageway of the M1 near junction 14 at Newport Pagnell at 3.15am on Saturday morning, involved Masierak's Scania lorry, which was stationary in lane one. The minibus, in which the victims were travelling pulled out of lane one, and was hit by another lorry. 
 
He was remanded in custody and will appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on September 26