Sunderland man charged over motorway death

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A LORRY driver has been charged with dangerous driving after a motorway smash in which a four-year-old girl was killed.

The 63-year-old man, from Sunderland, was part of a five-vehicle pile-up that injured seven others and shut the M6 for more than six hours.

Four-year-old Priyanka Bhogal, from Coventry, died in hospital after suffering serious injuries.

The Wearsider will appear before magistrates this week.

Police had to shut the motorway’s southbound carriageway overnight as emergency services dealt with the major incident, which happened at 12.25am on November 27.

The 63-year-old lorry driver escaped unhurt and was arrested at the scene.

Following questioning by West Midlands Police he was charged with dangerous driving and will appear before Solihull Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 12.

A statement released by Priyanka’s family said: “In her short time with us she brought nothing but happiness and joy to our lives.

“She was a brilliant, caring and lively young girl who would have grown up to contribute so much to society.”