Driver dies in three-car motorway crash

PUBLISHED: 07:37 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 31 May 2010

The scene of the crash - Pic: Essex Fire & Rescue Service

The scene of the crash - Pic: Essex Fire & Rescue Service

A FATAL crash involving three cars on the M11 left the brother of a Linton landlord dead. Father-of-two Alexander Palmer, 36, who had been driving a blue Audi convertible, was declared dead at the scene by medics following an accident at 7pm last Wednesda

Alexander Palmer

A FATAL crash involving three cars on the M11 left the brother of a Linton landlord dead.

Father-of-two Alexander Palmer, 36, who had been driving a blue Audi convertible, was declared dead at the scene by medics following an accident at 7pm last Wednesday on the northbound carriageway between junctions eight and nine.

Mr Palmer was the brother of Joel Palmer, landlord of The Crown Inn on Linton High Street.

His wife Hilda described her husband, who had worked at stock exchanges across the world, as a loving father who will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

"Alex was a wonderful man, incredibly funny, clever, kind and hardworking," she said. "He was a fantastic husband and father whose family was everything to him and he lived a full life.

"Alex started his career in the City when he was just 16-years-old and went on to pass his stock exchange exams on his 18th birthday. He continued to enjoy a successful career, working in London, New York and Tokyo.

"He had a large circle of family, friends and colleagues and he will be desperately missed by all who knew him."

A man and a woman in their 40s suffered serious injuries and were taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge by ambulance after their red Vauxhall Frontera was involved in the collision.

Another man and a woman, both in their 20s and from Northamptonshire, travelling in a blue Renault Clio, were also taken to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

Essex Ambulance Service incident support manager Steve Brant said: "This was a complex job with so many casualties.

"Sadly there was nothing that could be done to save the driver of one car and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

"Two patients in their mid to late 40s had apparently been ejected from a 4x4 vehicle. The man had suffered a very severe injury to his lower right leg as well as others to his head, face, arms and chest.

"He was immobilised and taken to Addenbrookes Hospital. His condition was serious, but not believed to be life threatening.

"The woman had a broken leg, chest injuries and possible damage to her pelvis. She too was immobilised and taken to Addenbrookes. Her condition was less serious."

Fire crews from Saffron Walden, Newport, Harlow and Stansted also attended the scene.

The northbound carriageway was closed between junctions eight and nine, while the southbound carriageway was closed between junctions 10 and eight as it was not possible to divert traffic at junction nine.

Both lanes reopened at around 3am on Thursday.

Anyone who saw the collision should call Bocking Road Policing Unit on 01376 330722.

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