Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MOTHER AND CHILDREN DIE IN RIVER CRASH; Tragedy after Family Dispute

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MOTHER AND CHILDREN DIE IN RIVER CRASH; Tragedy after Family Dispute

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER;MATHEUS SANCHEZ

POLICE are investigating whether a mother deliberately drove a car into a river killing herself and her two children.

The car was driven down an isolated track which leads directly into the river Lee just 20 minutes after police were called to a house to deal with a domestic dispute.

The two incidents are being linked, police said today.

The vehicle was upside down and completely submerged when police arrived at the scene last night.

It took almost an hour for a water rescue team from Essex fire service to cut off the doors and winch the car out of the river near Broxbourne on the Essex-Hertfordshire border.

The woman, in her twenties, was freed first and pulled on to the bank where she was treated by ambulance crews but pronounced dead.

A six-year-old girl and a boy of three were then cut from the vehicle and handed over to paramedics who tried to resuscitate them.

Two doctors and a nurse from Chase Farm Clark. Police are investigating whether she deliberately drove into the river or if the car spun out of control on the narrow road.

There was ice and fog last night and the car went into the river at a sharp bend.

Speaking at the scene today, Mr Turner said: "It was a domestic." He said he dialled 999 then looked on as a major rescue operation was mounted. "I watched three bodies being dragged out of the water. My kid was in that car."

In a statement issued later he said: "They were two children that will dearly missed as will their mum by all family and friends."

The car went into the river 20 minutes after police were called to a domestic dispute at the family home in Broxbourne, near Cheshunt.

The vehicle was completely submerged when police arrived at the scene last night. It took a water rescue team from Essex fire service an hour to cut off the doors.

They then had to winch the car to the side of the river on the Essex-Hertfordshire border.

Ms Toye was freed first and pulled on to the bank. Brandon and Courtney were then cut from the vehicle and handed over to paramedics who tried desperately to resuscitate them.

Two doctors and a nurse from Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield joined in the attempts to revive them but the children were declared dead at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. …

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