Shortly after 2.30am this morning, a woman died after a vehicle she had been travelling in as a passenger was involved in a severe crash with a car fleeing the police.
The incident took place on the A13 in Dagenham.
Essex Police had requested a car to stop shortly before the crash happened this morning, but the vehicle failed to do so, with the police following.
The vehicle is then understood to have collided with another as it travelled down the road.
Despite the best efforts of emergency services, a female passenger travelling in the second car, not being pursued, subsequently died.
Essex Live report that Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Packer, Essex Police gold commander at the time of the incident, said in a statement: “Shortly after 2.30am this morning, Friday, November 25, a vehicle failed to stop when requested by officers on the A13 in Essex.
“Officers then remained in the proximity of that vehicle as it travelled on the A13 near Rainham.
“The vehicle was then involved in a serious collision with another vehicle. Despite the best efforts of officers and medics at the scene, a female passenger in the second vehicle has now died.
“We are currently working with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service who, at this stage, are leading the response to the incident.
“As is appropriate, we have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct, which has confirmed it will carry out an independent investigation.”
The closure of the road reportedly caused severe delays this morning, with the nearby M25 and A127 also being affected.