Woman died in burning car after Chingford crash

The car collided with ‘street furniture and a tree’ last night

Stock image (credit: London Fire Brigade)

A fiery crash on a main Chingford road claimed the life of an unknown woman last night.

Emergency services were called to Lea Valley Road, where it joins Sewardstone Road, at around 10pm after a car hit “street furniture and a tree”.

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The car caught fire and it took three fire engines and around 15 firefighters over an hour to get the blaze under control.

A woman, whose age and identity have yet to be confirmed, was recovered from the wreckage and pronounced dead at the scene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson added: “Enquiries are ongoing to identify her and inform next of kin.”

Lea Valley Road was closed last night while the emergency services cleared the wreckage but traffic seems to have returned to normal.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

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