Eight dead after horror pileup involving children

Eight people have been killed in a crash on the M1 motorway in the UK.
Eight people have been killed in a crash on the M1 motorway in the UK. Twitter - ItsOllieYT

EIGHT people have died in a horror pileup after a suspected drink-driver and another motorist collided with a minibus carrying children, leaving it "practically flat", in the UK.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit, The Sun reports.

Another lorry driver, aged 53, was also arrested and is currently being quizzed on suspicion of one count of causing death by dangerous driving.

The M1 motorway was closed southbound between junctions 14 and 15 near Milton Keynes but has since reopened.

The eight people who died were all from the minibus, and a further four people have been taken to hospital with injuries.

One stunned eyewitness has told how he battled to save a little girl trapped in the minibus.

Brett Smith 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'm walking 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."

Shocking pictures of the mangled wreck of the minibus show it has been almost flattened following the horror.

Emergency services remain at the scene on the southbound carriageway in Newport Pagnell following the smash at 3.15am Saturday local time.

Ollie Miller, who witnessed the aftermath of the crash, said: "It looked horrible, the two lorries were badly smashed and I could see a vehicle underneath one of the lorries. It was totally destroyed. The minibus was basically flat. feel sorry for all those affected."

Gayle Smith, who drove past the accident, commented on social media: "We have just passed this accident, travelling on the Northbound carriageway. The accident looked awful. Thoughts and prayers going out to all victims. Our emergency services doing an amazing job!"

Thames Valley Police believe the minibus was travelling from the Nottingham area.

Chief Inspector Henry Parsons from Thames Valley Police's Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, said: "Emergency services are continuing to work at the scene and road closures remain in place. We are aware there are a number of large scale events taking place this weekend and this closure is likely to have a significant impact on traffic disruption, so please allow extra time for your journeys.

"Our thoughts are very much with the families of those involved in this morning's collision, and we are currently working to locate and inform their next of kins."

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

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