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M26 horror crash: French man dies in hospital after daughters killed in smash near Sevenoaks named as Mary Akande and Helen Bukola Akande

The father of two young women killed in a horrific crash on the M26 near Sevenoaks has died in hospital.

The 54-year-old French man, who was driving a Nissan car carrying his daughters pronounced dead at the scene, died in hospital yesterday.

It comes as sisters Mary Akande, 16, and 22-year-old Helen Bukola Akande were named as the first two victims after the pile-up last month.

Rescuers working through the wreckage on the M26. Picture: ITV News

Seven other people - including children - were injured when two lorries, a box van, a Nissan car and Mini crashed near Kemsing on Wednesday, April 16.

Two occupants of the Mini car - a man and seven-year-old boy - remain in hospital.

In a previous statement police said the group travelling in the Nissan were a family of four. The fourth passenger is believed to have survived, but it is not known if it is the girls' mother. The father's name has yet to be released.

Inquests into the deaths of the Akande sisters have now been opened and adjourned.

The pair were students and born in Créteil, a suburb of Paris. They lived with their family in Sarcelles, a northern suburb of Paris.

The inquest has been adjourned until Wednesday, July 23.

Several vehicles were involved in the M26 crash. Picture: ITV news

The Nissan driver died in a London hospital overnight, police said.

Insp Martin Stevens, of the serious collision investigation unit, said: "It is with great sadness that we report that the man died overnight in hospital.

"If anyone saw anything of the collision, or the vehicles involved prior to the collision occurring, and who has not yet contacted police we ask that they contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit urgently on 01622 798538."

A 45-year-old lorry driver arrested after the crash has been released on bail until Friday, August 15, pending further inquiries.

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