Lorry driver jailed after causing 2021 fatal collision on M25 at Waltham Abbey

A lorry driver who caused a fatal collision on the M25 at Waltham Abbey in which four people died, has been jailed for three years

Ethan Burdett, 67, of Ipswich Haven Marina appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday July 4 where he was jailed for three years for four counts of causing death by careless driving following the 2021 collision.

Furthermore, Burdett was disqualified from driving for four-and-a-half years and will be required to undertake a retest.

He pleaded guilty at a hearing at the same court on Tuesday April 16.

Roads Policing officers were called to the M25 in Waltham Abbey shortly after 6.15pm on August 23 2021 where a lorry had collided with a minibus.

Burdett had been travelling between junction 27 to junction 26. As he approached the exit slip road to junction 26, he failed to react to stationary traffic queuing in lane 1 and collided with the rear of a minibus which shunted forward and struck a Ford Mondeo car.

Of the 11 passengers in the minibus who were returning to London following a day trip to Southend, four passengers were seriously injured; three additional passengers and the driver of the Mondeo all sustained minor injuries.

Sadly, 31-year-old Abigael Muamba from Edmonton Green, 60-year-old Dexter Augustus from Waltham Forest and 59-year-old Jennifer Smith from Stratford all died in the collision.

Lisa Gardiner, 44, from Walthamstow, later died of her injuries.

The anti-clockwise section of the M25 was closed for 11 and a half hours.