Police car crashes into motorbike on Poplar High Street

PUBLISHED: 14:23 05 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:29 06 June 2014

The crash scene (pic: Kaysar Ahmed/@specialist0027)

The crash scene (pic: Kaysar Ahmed/@specialist0027)


Seven people were hurt when a police car crashed into a motorbike in Poplar High Street yesterday afternoon.

The motorbike involved in the crashThe motorbike involved in the crash


The motorcyclist, a 27-year-old man, was taken to a London hospital with suspected head and leg injuries.

Two police officers were injured during the collision and three pedestrians sustained minor injuries from flying debris.

Juta Steel works in a gym on Poplar High Street not far from the crash and said she rushed out onto the street after hearing a “huge bang”.

Ambulance crews at the sceneAmbulance crews at the scene

She added: “When we got there the bike was about 15 meters away from the crashed police car and there was a man lying in the road who didn’t look like he was moving.

“The police car had crashed into some barriers in the middle of the road but all the policemen seemed ok because they were gathering around the man on the floor.”

The crash occurred on Cotton Street junction with Poplar High Street after a police car was responding to an automatic number plate reader (ANPR) activation.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 1.21pm to reports of a road traffic collision in Poplar High Street involving a car and a motorcycle.

Police at the scene of the police car involved in the crashPolice at the scene of the police car involved in the crash

“We sent two responders by car, three ambulance crews, two duty officers and London’s Air Ambulance and treated seven patients at the scene.

“Five patients were taken to the Royal London hospital.”

No arrests have been made so far and the incident is ongoing.

Road closures have been put in place and the matter has been referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards.

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath is investigating.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101.

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