A British mother who died in a horror accident in France has been described as “devoted” and “very special” by her heartbroken family.
Miriam Posen, 50, from North London, was traveling with six family members on the A26 motorway when her car was involved in a three-car collision on Sunday evening.
The mother of 10, who came from an Orthodox Jewish community in the UK and was married to a rabbi, tragically died at the scene south of Lens.
Her son Izzy described her as “full of life” in an emotional tribute on social media.
He wrote, “She was young and healthy and full of life.”
“I loved her so much.”
Miriam’s husband Rabbi Shalom Pinchos Posen, 48, and two daughters, 19 and 16, were injured in the accident and taken to hospital.
On Monday, Miriam’s family and friends gathered at her home on a leafy street near Woodberry Wetlands.
And in a statement, the family said: “Miriam was a devoted mother who was so loved by her family and friends.”
“She was a very special person who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”
A photo of her son, Izzy, shared to Instagram in 2017 shows him and his mom smiling, with the caption, “With my beautiful mom and sister.”
After the accident on a section of the highway where road works were taking place between the towns of Neuville-Saint-Vaast and Thélus, rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident.
The family’s vehicle was reportedly hit head-on when another car swerved in front of them.
Around 60 firefighters and two helicopters were also dispatched to the crash site to try to rescue the victims.
In an update Tuesday, a local emergency services source said that Miriam’s family members who were involved in the crash were “recovering well.”
He said: “All were traveling in a minivan when the accident happened and three were taken to intensive care.”
“Some of these people were initially thought to be at risk, but that is no longer the case – they are all out of intensive care.”
After the incident on Sunday around 6 p.m., a section of the A26 motorway was closed by the police until late at night.
A spokesman for the local emergency services said: “Three people are dead and dozens injured, including many children.”
“A van carrying a British family of seven was one of the three vehicles involved in the accident.
“A British woman died instantly, along with two others who were traveling in another vehicle.
“The other passengers – aged between six and 48 – were taken to hospitals in Cambrai and Arras.”