M11 crash: Woman in her 30s killed in four-car collision between Bishop's Stortford and Harlow
A woman in her 30s has died following a collision involving four cars on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford on Saturday night (Sept 26).
The casualty was a passenger in an Audi which hit the central reservation on the London-bound carriageway between junctions 8 (Stansted Airport/Stortford) and 7 (Harlow) shortly after 10.50pm.
The Audi was then in collision with a BMW and a VW Passat. A fourth car involved in the incident failed to stop. Police are appealing for information to trace that vehicle so they can speak to its driver.
The woman suffered multiple serious injuries and was taken to hospital, where she died.
The southbound stretch of motorway was shut to enable Essex Police officers to carry out their investigation through the night. It was still closed at 1pm on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the force said: "It is believed that there could have been another vehicle in the vicinity of the Audi at the time of the collision.
"At this stage we don’t have a description of that vehicle and we need anyone who saw what happened or has dashcam footage to come forward.
"In particular, we need to speak to anyone who saw any interaction between the Audi and any other vehicles."
A motorist stuck in the resulting tailback tweeted just before 5.30am that he had been on the M11 for more than three hours. "Can't understand why traffic was still allowed from Stansted junction one-and-a-half hours after the crash and why it took three hours before turning everybody back and out from same exit."
Sgt Alex Black, from Essex Police's serious collison investigation unit, said: “This was a horrific collision which has had a tragic outcome and it’s really important we’re able to establish exactly what’s happened.
“I need anyone who has any information about what happened, or any footage of the collision or the lead-up to it, to come forward.
“Officers have been working through the night in really challenging circumstances.
“We only get one chance to collect all possible evidence following collisions. When the road reopens, any remaining evidence is lost.
“When someone has sadly lost their life it’s really important we’re able to give their family answers about what happened.
“I want to thank drivers who have been stuck in the traffic for their patience and understanding.”
If you have information about what happened please call 101, quoting incident 1337 of 26 September, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.