Woman was driving wrong way down A11 before double-fatal crash near Besthorpe, inquest hears

The floral tributes to the two women who died in the accident on the A11 southbound carriageway at B

The floral tributes to the two women who died in the accident on the A11 southbound carriageway at Besthorpe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A woman was driving her car the wrong way down the A11 before a three-vehicle crash which killed two people near Besthorpe, an inquest confirmed this morning.

Marlene Mutch and Rachel Huxley both lost their lives after the crash on Saturday, February 14.

This morning, the Coroner's Court at King's Lynn heard how 46-year-old Ms Mutch, of Sarah Williman Close, was driving her Peugeot the wrong way north on the southbound carriageway.

A post-mortem was carried out by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, but the cause of death is currently unascertained and toxicology reports are being carried out.

The court also heard how 30-year-old Rachel Huxley, of Sorrel Drive in Attleborough, was driving her Zafira southbound when the two women crashed.

The cause of death was given as multiple injuries due to the crash.

Since the tragedy, tributes from friends and co-workers have flooded in for both women, with floral tributes placed by the side of the road.


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Ms Mutch was described as a 'lovely, lively woman who lit up every room' by her Aviva co-worker Rachael Gething.

She wrote: 'She forever had us laughing and never failed to bring a smile to people's faces.

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'I cannot even begin to understand what her family are going through and my thoughts are with them all at this tragic time. The world has lost a true gem and I am not sure I will ever meet someone as honest, lively and genuine as her.'

Messages of grief have been posted on Facebook, with many describing young mother Miss Huxley as an 'angel' and a 'devoted mum'.

The third driver, Ryan Mills, was driving three passengers in his Ford Focus but managed to escape unhurt.

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