Brit woman killed in horror crash in France named as Jewish mother-of-ten in her 40s from Stamford Hill

31 July 2023, 10:46 | Updated: 31 July 2023, 15:20

At least three people died in the crash
At least three people died in the crash. Picture: Google Street View

By StephenRigley

A mother-of-ten from Stamford Hill in London has been identified as being among those killed during a horror highway pile-up in France.

At least three people died in the crash on the A26 south of Lens in France on Sunday evening.

Miriam Posen, from the Orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill in Hackney, died in the crash involving six other members of her family.

Her husband is understood to be seriously inured, as well of two of her daughters.

A member of a British family is among several people killed in a horror crash on a French motorway over the weekend, authorities have said.

Miriam's son Izzy paid tribute to his late mum on social media, saying she was "young and healthy".

Izzy wrote online: "My mother sadly passed away yesterday in tragic circumstances. She was young and healthy and full of the spirit of life. I loved her so much."

French authorities said that around 60 firefighters were called to the crash site, as well as six medical teams from nearby Samu and two helicopters.

An emergency services spokesperson said: "Three people are dead and dozens injured, including many children. A van with a British family of seven people on board was one of the three vehicles involved in the crash.

"A 40-year-old British woman died instantly, along with two others travelling in another vehicle. The other passengers – aged between six and 48 – were taken to hospital in Cambrai and Arras."

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Several victims in the crash, including a 14-year-old boy, remained fighting for their lives in intensive care on Monday morning.

A second vehicle contained four people, a 75-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, who also died.

The other two passengers in this car were a 14-year-old boy and a 79-year-old man who were in a ‘critical condition’.

Around 60 firefighters rushed to the crash site to try and help the victims.

The accident took place shortly after 6pm on Sunday on a section of the motorway where roadworks were taking place, between the towns of Neuville-Saint-Vaast and Thélus.

An investigation into the crash is under way.

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