Lorry Driver Jailed for M6 Deaths

A Portuguese lorry driver has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of causing the deaths of a family of six. David and Michelle Statham, of Llandudno, North Wales, and their four children died instantly when Paulo Jorge Nogueira da Silva ploughed his 40-tonne truck into their people carrier on the M6 near Sandbach, Cheshire, on October 20. The Stathams, who had been together for 19 years, were returning home after visiting relatives in Birmingham along with sons Reece, 13, Jay, nine, 20-month-old Mason and ten-week-old baby daughter Ellouise. The impact pushed their vehicle under a Volvo lorry which was ahead of it in a queue of slow-moving traffic. Da Silva, 46, was convicted of six counts of causing death by careless driving at Chester Crown Court. Sentencing him, Mr Justice Irwin said: "This case arose from a terrible tragedy. Anyone who has heard the case could not help but have strong, indeed overwhelming, sympathy for the families of those who died,