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Pregnant woman and two men escape injury as Vauxhall hits Peugeot on hard shoulder of M11 between Bishop's Stortford and Harlow

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A pregnant young woman escaped unharmed after the car she was travelling in was hit from behind on the hard shoulder of the M11 near Bishop's Stortford.

The collision happened at around 4.45am on Sunday (Sept 15) on the southbound carriageway between junctions 8 (Stansted Airport) and 7 (Harlow).

The woman and her partner had reportedly pulled over in their Peugeot to reset their sat nav and were in their car when it was struck by a Vauxhall.

Dave Morland, of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's Stansted crew, who were initially called to reports of a car fire, said the couple were unharmed, as was the driver of the Vauxhall, which for reasons unknown had veered off the carriageway.

"The woman was only about 17 and just weeks pregnant, and they were sitting on the hard shoulder when they were hit," said Mr Morland.

"The car that struck them was beyond repair, with debris all over the road, and lane one of the motorway was closed because the car ended up in a dangerous position."

Fire and rescue crews from Harlow and Newport also attended, along with ambulance crews and police.

"Nobody was trapped and the pregnant woman was checked over by ambulance at the scene and was OK," said Mr Morland. All three people involved are foreign nationals.

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