Driver of minibus involved in fatal crash with two lorries was 'extraordinary father'

Driver of minibus involved in fatal crash with two lorries was 'extraordinary father'

A minibus driver who was killed in the M1 crash in England has been described as an "extraordinary father" who would do anything for his friends.

Cyriac Joseph, 52, was killed when the vehicle he was driving crashed with two lorries on the southbound carriageway near Newport Pagnell.

He had been taking a group of Indian people from Nottingham to Wembley Stadium so they could join a tour group for Europe.

His friend Manu Zachariah, 45, said: "He was a very close friend of mine, and we used to work together.

"It is very shocking and we don't want to believe that he is not alive. We don't want him to part us because he was part of every part of our lives.

"It is a big loss to the community."

Mr Zachariah said Mr Joseph was very active in the church community and the local cultural association, and was also a keen singer and sportsman who enjoyed volleyball.

He also paid tribute to his friend as a dedicated father.

Mr Zachariah said: "Cyriac was not like normal fathers. He would love to spend his money and time on his children like none of his friends.

"He was always very encouraging of their extra-curricular activities. His son Benson is an athlete and he would take him to javelin training.

"He was an extraordinary father, and would do anything for his friends. He was always there for us and will be really missed."

Mr Zachariah told the Press Association that he believed My Joseph and his family had moved to the UK in around 2002.

He said Mr Joseph had started the business around four years ago, and made mostly airport trips and similar journeys.

"He was picking up some people who worked for the IT company Wipro.

"Some of them had work permits to work here for some time. Some of them were from Tamil Nadu and some were from Kerala.

"They were travelling to Europe, and I think they were planning to go by a company called Star Tours.

"He was taking them to Wembley where Star Tours would pick them up. He was planning to drop them to Wembley stadium," said Mr Zachariah.

He added that Mr Joseph, who owned Nottingham-based ABC Travels, had set out at 1.30am with his clients. He died when the three vehicles collided shortly before 3.15am.

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