A man who injured eight people after driving his van in the wrong direction on the M25 near Egham has been jailed.

Egham man Mihai Avram, 33, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for three years and eight months after pleading guilty to one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving last month (May 3).

Mr Avram was driving a Ford Transit van between junctions 13 and 12 on the M25 around 1.25am on October 1, 2018 when he stopped on the motorway and proceeded to reverse in the opposite direction to oncoming traffic in lane one.

Mr Avram’s van crashed into a minibus containing eight passengers returning from an overseas stag party.

One of the people in the minivan suffered life-threatening injuries and has been left with a life-changing brain injury following the collision.

Seven other passengers and the minibus driver were also injured in the collision.

Sergeant Eddie Ryan of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "Avram’s driving could well have cost several people their lives. Indeed, a number of people sustained injuries through no fault of their own and one person has been left with a life-changing brain injury.

"Driving dangerously doesn’t just threaten the lives of those behind the wheel, it threatens the lives of passengers and innocent bystanders as well. We will always work to ensure that those who put the lives of others at risk will face the consequences of their actions."