Three killed & one fighting for life after M25 pile-up as two drivers arrested
THREE people have died and one is fighting for his life after a truck, minibus and car were involved in a terrible accident. Police officers rushed to the site of a “serious collision” on the M25 near Waltham Abbey in Essex yesterday.
A fourth person is fighting for life after the tragedy. Meanwhile, two drivers, not pictured, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by danger. Police said three people were killed in the crash, while a fourth is fighting for his life in hospital.
The force said in a statement: “We are working to inform your loved ones at this time and we urge that, out of respect for the families, there is no speculation in the meantime.” We are particularly interested in tracking the movements of the three vehicles, a Mondeo, a minibus, and a truck, before the collision.”
Two people were arrested after the accident. Last night Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes said: “Tonight has been incredibly challenging and we continue to work as quickly as possible to piece together exactly what led up to this tragic incident.
“My thoughts, and those of all officers on the scene, are with the families of those who lost their lives tonight. Currently, two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
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“I need anyone with more information to come forward. The road has been closed while our colleagues tended to the wounded and while we gathered evidence and preserved the crime scene.” He thanked motorists caught in the chaos for their “patience” and said they would be on their way by 2am.
“I know it’s been a long night,” he said. The highway was closed in both directions for hours and drivers were warned to avoid the area. It reopened today at 5.10am and all delays have since been cleared. Overnight Essex Police tweeted: “We responded at 6.15pm to reports that a truck, minibus and car were involved in a collision.
“Anyone planning to travel tonight (not already on the M25) is advised not to. Our officers are working as fast as they can to get the cars on the highway moving.” The East of England Ambulance Service tweeted: “We have dispatched our Hazardous Area Response Team, two air ambulances, nine ambulances, four ambulance officers and one LAS vehicle. Both roads have been closed and we are treating various people involved.”