Olympic torch relay: Motorcycle crash halts Essex leg

A crash between two motorbikes delayed the Olympic torch relay in Essex

The Olympic torch relay has been delayed in Essex after two motorcycles collided near the approaching convoy.

The male and female riders, who are unconnected to the relay, suffered possible broken bones in the crash on the A414 near Hylands Park, Writtle, Chelmsford at 07:40 BST.

The torch relay was approaching in the opposite direction at the time.

Staff from a torch relay coach gave immediate medical aid to the pair, police said.

The man and woman are known to each other and were both taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford for treatment.

The torch relay was delayed for 20 minutes before continuing its route from Chelmsford to Cambridge.

At about 09:10 BST, British junior team canoeist Zachary Franklin carried the flame at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, the venue for the 2012 canoe slalom.

Chef Jamie Oliver was among the 177 bearers on Day 50 of the relay, and took the torch past his former school in Newport, near Saffron Walden.

Oliver, who grew up in nearby Clavering, where his family run a pub, told BBC Essex he had wanted to use the flame to "toast up" marinated lamb and marshmallows.

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Torchbearer missed out

Olympian Iwan Thomas will run the last leg of the day and light a cauldron during evening celebrations at Parker's Piece in Cambridge.

An extra runner will be included in the relay in Waltham Abbey after missing out on her scheduled slot during day 49.

Hannah Aygeman-Prempeh was due to carry the flame in her home town of Basildon, Essex, but the preceding torchbearer ran past her and because of the large crowds the mistake went unnoticed until it was too late.

A total of 8,000 people will carry the flame during its 8,000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July.

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