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Lump of concrete that led to death of M11 driver 'wasn't thrown from bridge'

The man came off the road near Birchanger. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police say a "brick-sized" lump of concrete that hit a van driver's windscreen before he crashed on the M11 in Essex wasn't thrown from a bridge.

The man, who was in his 60s and from Sible Hedingham, lost control of his van and hit a tree following the incident near Birchanger just before 5pm on Wednesday evening.

The death is still being treated as suspicious at this stage, but officers say they're now confident that the concrete didn't come from a bridge or the roadside.

The Goose Lane bridge near Little Hallingbury, which crosses the motorway, was closed while forensic work was carried out.

The Goose Lane bridge was closed as part of the investigation. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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 have now established the concrete could not have been thrown from either bridge, and nor was it part of the masonry. We are also satisfied it was not thrown from the roadside.

We continue to keep an open mind as to how it came to strike the windscreen and ended up inside the van, and whether this was the result of a deliberate act or accidental.

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Police are still keen to talk to anyone who was driving in the area at the time of the crash, and have appealed for any dash cam footage to be sent to them.

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