Theresa May's Convoy In Car Crash During Visit To Belgium

British Prime Minister Theresa May's convoy has been involved in a car crash during her visit to France and Belgium, ahead of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

According to reports, she was travelling with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel when the the crash happened.

However, it is understood it was not the politicians' car that was involved in the collision.

Mrs May has been paying her respects at two cemeteries today, to lay wreaths alongside Prime Minister Michel.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Credit: PA
UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Credit: PA

The pair then made their way to to Albert, in the Somme region, to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

But it was while they were making their way to NATO military headquarters in the village of Casteau, when the collision happened.

According to local media, a car made its way towards the convoy and an accompanying motorcyclists had to take 'evasive action' and Prime Minister Michel - who is a motorcyclist himself - immediately stopped the convoy as soon as the crash happened to see if the two officers were OK.

It is understood that two police officers were injured and taken to hospital, but also that they will be allowed to leave soon.

Theresa May meets with French President Emmanuel Macron. Credit: PA
Theresa May meets with French President Emmanuel Macron. Credit: PA

According to reports, neither prime minister was injured during the crash.

A spokesperson for the Belgian Prime Minister has said it was 'a regrettable accident'.

At Saint-Symphorien cemetery Mrs May visited the grave of British soldier Private Parr, who died when he was aged just 16, fighting in the Great War.

Mrs May left a note on a piece of official Downing Street card, with a quote from a poem The Soldier, written by Rupert Brooke.

It said: "There is in that rich earth a richer dust concealed."

She also paid her respects at the grave of Private Ellison, who was the last British soldier to die during the First World War.

On a piece of card she had attached to a garland of poppies, she left a message for the fallen soldier.

It said: "They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted ... We will remember them."

The line was from a poem by Laurence Binyon, which was published in September 1914 and is often quoted in Remembrance Sunday services.

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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