Police investigating a motorway crash in Essex in which a 79-year-old woman died have said two other pensioners were also injured. Motorists were asked to avoid a section of the M11 linking London with Cambridge after the serious road crash, which happened at around 3.30pm on Thursday.
Essex Police confirmed that the woman who died was from Halifax, West Yorkshire, and was a passenger in a silver Vauxhall Astra which was travelling south when it was involved in a "slight collision" with a lorry travelling in the same direction. The car then left the road and hit some trees.
A 72-year-old man who was driving the car and an 81-year-old woman, who was a front-seat passenger, were both seriously injured and remain in hospital. Both are from the Retford area of Nottinghamshire. The road reopened at 10.30pm.
Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road crash on the M11 near Epping.
Emergency services were called at about 3.30pm this afternoon to reports of a collision involving a heavy goods vehicle and a car on the southbound carriageway between Junction 7 and Junction 6.
A 79-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the car, has died. A man and woman who were also in the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The northbound carriageway was closed briefly while an air ambulance attended the scene but the southbound carriageway will be closed for several hours for vehicle recovery and while police carry out an initial investigation.
A man and woman who were also in the car remain in hospital tonight.
A police spokesman said any witnesses who have not contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the collision, should call the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email email@example.com.