10:20am Saturday 28th April 2012
By James Nadal
A CAMBRIDGE University rower died in a crash on the M40 as she headed to a training camp in Marlow, it emerged this week.
It is believed her car had broken down in the middle lane of the motorway.
Rebecca Chamberlin, 21, was travelling with pals to Longridge outdoor activities centre in Bisham, Marlow, on April 19 when the accident occurred.
She died in hospital the following day.
Rebecca was part of Cambridge University’s Clare College Boat Club, who coxed for the senior men’s crew.
Some team mates, who had already arrived at Longridge, learnt of her death while at the Quarry Wood Road centre.
The third-year English student, from Stockport, was travelling with three teammates in a Ford Ka, who escaped with minor injuries.
Longridge’s centre director Amanda Foister said: “Her teammates were staying here as news came in about Rebecca and the other teammates, as they were all travelling down separately.
“They kept us informed but it was obvious she hadn’t pulled through, as there were some very tearful faces. Her crew were obviously traumatised.
“It was very apparent how much they all thought of her. She was obviously much loved by the team.”
She added: “Longridge extends its condolences to her family and friends.”
Police said the car she was in was involved in a collision with a grey Honda Accord on the northbound carriageway, between the M25 and Beaconsfield junctions.
A green HGV was also involved.
Clearer details have not yet emerged, but officers said in a statement: “The Ford Ka appeared to have broken down in lane two of the motorway.”
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