Police name mum killed in crash

A MOTHER killed in a horrific road crash in mid-Essex was last night named by police.Karen Hopkins, 41, was killed in a two-car accident on Monday afternoon in Princess Road, Chelmsford, close to the Chelmsford College site.

A MOTHER killed in a horrific road crash in mid-Essex was last night named by police.

Karen Hopkins, 41, was killed in a two-car accident on Monday afternoon in Princess Road, Chelmsford, close to the Chelmsford College site. She had one child, a teenage son.

Ms Hopkins, of Brace Road, in Writtle, near Chelmsford, died despite being pulled from her blazing car by fire fighters.

Her Peugeot 405 was involved in a collision with a Renault Clio in the crash, which happened at 4.30pm.


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A spokesman for Essex Police yesterday confirmed Ms Hopkins' name and address adding that she was a divorcee with one teenage son.

He confirmed that a police family liaison officer had been with Ms Hopkins' son yesterday.

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Ms Hopkins had been trapped inside the car when emergency service staff arrived at the scene of the accident.

She had suffered serious leg injuries but was still conscious when fire staff arrived.

Fire fighters from Chelmsford gave her first aid before the ambulance service arrived at the scene.

Paramedics said they needed the mother-of-one released from the car as soon as possible and firefighters cut away the Peugeot's roof before placing the driver on a spinal board.

But Ms Hopkins died shortly after being freed. Three ambulances and a doctor were dispatched to the scene.

Road policing officers carried out an on-site investigation into the cause of the accident and closed the road off until 8pm.

Neil Storey, senior manager at Essex Ambulance Service, said: “There was a head-on collision between two cars. One of the cars caught fire while the driver was trapped inside.

“Fire and ambulance crews worked together to free the woman. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, she could not be saved and the BASICS doctor confirmed she was deceased on the scene.

“Two other women, both in their 30s or 40s, were in the second car. Both suffered leg injuries. Both were treated on the scene before being taken to Broomfield Hospital.”

Anybody with information about the accident should contact Chelmsford road police on 01245 452918.

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