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Stafford driver arrested after fatal motorway crash in Essex

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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A STAFFORD lorry driver has been arrested after a brother and sister were killed in a motorway collision in Essex.

The crash happened on the northbound carriageway of the M11, between junction 7 at Harlow and junction 8 at Bishop’s Stortford, at around 2.15pm yesterday. It involved three cars, a lorry and a horsebox.

The two people who died are believed to be a 53-year-old man from the Netherlands and a 45-year-old woman from Kent.

They were travelling in a Toyota car that was struck by other vehicles and collided with the rear of a Mercedes horse box with five horses on board.

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The car burst into flames on impact. Both occupants died at the scene.

Two other people were taken to hospital. They were a 49-year-old Jaguar driver who received head injuries and his passenger, a 23-year-old woman from Cyprus who was catching a flight from Stansted Airport.

The drivers of the lorry, the horsebox and a Vauxhall van sustained minor injuries.

The 49-year-old lorry driver, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was questioned and later released on police bail until September 15 while enquiries continue.

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