British mother-of-10 among three killed in motorway crash in France – reports

A British woman is among three people killed in a major car crash on a motorway in northern France.

The woman was named in media reports as mother-of-10 Miriam Posen, from Stamford Hill, London.

The mother, aged in her 40s, was reportedly travelling with other family members when the accident happened.

Emergency services were called at around 6pm on Sunday to a crash between two cars and a British nine-seater van on the A26 near Neuville-Saint-Vaast and Thelus.

More than 65 firefighters and nine ambulances attended the incident, which took place as roadworks were carried out in the Reims-Calais direction.

French officials said three people had died and five others were in a critical condition following the crash, which involved 17 people.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: “We are in contact with the local authorities following a road traffic accident in France and have offered our assistance to the family.”

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Two of the people critically injured were transported by helicopter to hospitals in Lille and Arras.

Jacques Billant, prefect of Pas-de-Calais – who represents the area – thanked emergency services for their “responsiveness and professionalism in the management of this event and the assistance provided to the victims”.

Witnesses who attended the accident were also offered psychological care, according to French officials.

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