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M25 crash: Three dead, fourth in hospital and two arrested after collision involving car, minibus and lorry past M11

Three people were killed and a fourth is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a collision involving multiple vehicles on the M25 on Monday evening (August 23).

Two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

The collision involved a Ford Mondeo, a minibus and a lorry, and happened on the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions 27 – the exit for the M11 – and 26 (Waltham Abbey).

Police are particularly keen to trace the movements of all three vehicles involved and urge anyone with information or dashcam footage who has not yet spoken to officers to come forward.

Emergency services were called to the scene, just outside Waltham Abbey, shortly before 6.15pm.

Det Sgt Steve Holmes, from Essex Police's serious collision investigation unit, said at the scene: “This evening has been incredibly challenging and we're continuing to work as quickly as we can to piece together exactly what led to this tragic incident.

“My thoughts, and those of all officers on scene, are with the families of those who lost their lives this evening.

“At present, two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. I need anyone with further information to come forward.

“The road remain closed whilst our colleagues tended to those who were injured and whilst we gathered evidence and preserved the crime scene. I would like to thank everyone on the M25 for their patience."

Anyone who witnessed the collision, has dashcam footage or has information on it should submit a report to police online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm. You can also call 101 and cite incident 972 of Monday 23 August.

Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org.

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