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Police believe concrete block caused crash which killed driver

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Essex police are treating the death of driver who crashed on the M11 as suspicious after a concrete block crashed through his windscreen.

Officers were called at 4.50pm on Wednesday 9 August to the northbound carriageway near Bishop's Stortford between junctions 7 and 8.

A Vauxhall Corsa van struck the central reservation barrier before it left the road on the nearside and hit a tree.

The driver, a man aged in his 60s from Sible Hedingham, died at the scene.

The road over the M11 near Bishop's Stortford was closed for police forensic work. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:

“Telling a family they have lost a loved one is always extremely difficult and my thoughts are very much with the gentleman’s family at this very distressing time."

“Having carried out forensic examinations at the scene, we are treating his death as suspicious because a piece of concrete - around the size of a house brick - was found to have struck the windscreen.

“We believe this caused the driver to lose control of the van and leave the road shortly after passing the Goose Lane bridge.

“As part of our enquiries, we closed the bridge at Goose Lane and the one about a mile and a half before it to carry out forensic examination work.

“We are keeping an open mind as to how the concrete came to strike the windscreen and there may be a number of explanations as to how it ended up inside the van.

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore
Police want drivers on the M11 near Birchanger between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday to come forward. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police want anyone who was travelling on the M11 near Birchanger between 4pm and 6pm to come forward especially if they have dash cam footage.

The driver of van died after a concrete block smashed through his windscreen. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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