By Steve Dellar  |  08-27-2017   News
Photo credit: Ben Cawthra | LNP

The British M1 highway, just north of the UK capital London, was the scene of a horrific accident today as a minibus crashed into a collision with two trucks.

Emergency services were quick to respond but it was already too late for 8 people inside the minibus.

Brett Smith, an eyewitness who tried to save a little girl trapped in one of the vehicles, 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 blanket that the ambulance service provided me to stay warm because the little girl has got my jacket to keep herself safe. The fire and ambulances services did a really good job."

The minibus group was traveling towards a sporting event in London.

Police arrested two people and stated: "A 31-year-old man from Worcestershire has been arrested on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level above limit. Also a 53-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent arrested on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving. They are both currently in custody."

A FedEx truck with its front crushed and an AIM Logistics truck could be seen twisted into each other.

Broken glass and debris from the collision was scattered across the highway.

The spokesperson of AIM Logistics in the UK was quick to comment: 'One of our vehicles was involved in a serious incident on the M1 southbound, junction 14 this morning’. ‘We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families who have lost loved ones and also those whom have been injured at this very sad time. Road safety and compliance is of the utmost importance to AIM Logistics and we are continuing to assist the police as much as possible with their inquiries.'

Source:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/26/several-die-crash-m1-involving-two-lorries-minibus/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4825350/Several-dead-crash-M1.html

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