Woman killed in fire engine crash in Basildon named

Broadmayne fire engine
Image caption The firefighters were not injured in the crash

A 39-year-old woman who died after her car and a fire engine crashed in Essex has been named as Martha Gakonde.

The collision happened as crew left a fire station in Broadmayne in Basildon on Friday morning.

The woman, from Wythefield, in a Toyota Yaris, was certified dead at the scene. The firefighters were not injured.

"The fire engine was responding to a crash on nearby Pitsea Road involving two vehicles. An 11-year-old girl was cut free from a vehicle," police said.

A section of the eastbound carriageway was closed for six hours while forensic investigators carried out inquiries.

Any witnesses to the crash are urged to contact Essex Police.

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