Little Hallingbury crash fireball: Two seriously injured
A 73-year-old woman was taken to hospital with "potentially life-threatening" injuries after her car was involved in a head-on collision in Little Hallingbury on Easter Monday.
The 23-year-old male driver of the other car, which burst into flames, was taken to hospital with "serious, but non-life-threatening" injuries.
The collision happened on a bend near the former Sutton Arms pub on the A1060 Lower Road at around 3pm.
The elderly woman was driving a 62-plate white Ford Fiesta from Bishop's Stortford to Hatfield Heath and the young man was heading in the opposite direction at the wheel of a 57-reg black Ford Focus.
Members of all three emergency services attended the scene.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service sent both appliances from Harlow fire station to extinguish the blaze, which was out by 3.30pm.
A witness to the aftermath of the collision said: "I was late to the scene and stayed out the way. Most people seemed to have the situation under control.
"The fire engines arrived soon after I did and closed the road. Then the police, the ambulance and a helicopter, though I don't think it was needed.
"Locals diverted traffic and slowed it down from both directions before the police arrived."
Officers from Essex Police investigating the collision are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage from motorists. They are asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on 101, quoting crime reference number 731 of April 22.
* An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that the woman was driving the Ford Focus and the man was driving the Ford Fiesta. We apologise for the error.
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