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Lorry driver guilty over crash that killed eight.

A lorry driver has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a motorway crash which killed eight people and seriously injured four.

Minibus driver Cyriac Joseph died along with seven of his passengers when a lorry ploughed into him on the M1 after he was forced to come to a halt behind another lorry which sat stationary in the slow lane.

Polish national Ryszard Masierak stopped his vehicle on the motorway for 12 minutes, despite miles of hard shoulder being available to him.

Mr Joseph had been waiting with his hazard lights on for the chance to go around Masierak's lorry, but was hit by another lorry, driven by David Wagstaff.

Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, was found guilty of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Wagstaff, 54, has already pleaded guilty to eight charges of causing death by careless driving and four counts of careless driving.

The jury will today continue deliberations on eight charges against him of causing death by dangerous driving, and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2018
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