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  • 21 November 2012, 12:30

Fat Duck Chefs Killed In Hong Kong Car Crash

Two chefs from Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck have been killed in a road accident in Hong Kong.

The death of the two men, aged 30 and 34, in the collision involving a taxi and two double decker buses has been confirmed by the restaurant in Bray, Berkshire.

The chefs were a British man called Jorge Ivan Arrango Herrera, and a Swedish national, named in reports as Carl Magnus Lindgren.

A restaurant spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that two members of Heston Blumenthal's culinary team were tragically killed in a car accident in Hong Kong.

"They were both senior members and great and dear friends. Two uniquely talented young chefs that were loved by everyone who worked with them. They will be sadly and deeply missed."

A Hong Kong Police Force spokesman confirmed that three men died in the accident which happened on Monday. There were also 56 people injured.

He said the first bus hit two private cars at the junction of Chai Wan Road and A Kung Ngam Road before crossing into the oncoming carriageway.

"It then rammed on to a taxi and a bus which were travelling uphill. The taxi was trapped between the two buses," he added.

"After the impact, the 53-year-old taxi driver and two foreign male passengers of the taxi, aged 30 and 34, were trapped inside the compartment and were rescued by firemen."

The men were taken to hospital unconscious, but medics were unable to save them.

"Sustaining serious injuries, they were rushed to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in an unconscious state, where they were later certified dead."

A 57-year-old bus driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death and was released on police bail.

Chef Raymond Blancis among a number of people to have paid tribute on Twitter.

He wrote: "My heart and my thoughts are with the families of the 2 young chefs from the Fat Duck & with Heston & the whole team at this tragic time."

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