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Man hurt in East London road accident with police car on 999 call

PUBLISHED: 10:20 14 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 October 2010

POLICE have reopened the busy Bethnal Green Road in East London after this-morning’s accident involving a patrol car on a 999 emergency call. A man crossing the road was injured at 3.40am

By Mike Brooke

POLICE have reopened the busy A1209 Bethnal Green Road in East London after this-morning’s accident involving a patrol car on a 999 emergency call.

A man crossing the road at the junction with Hollybush Gardens was injured in the accident at 3.40am. He was treated at the scene by paramedics, but is not thought to have been seriously injured.

Police investigators immediately closed part of the main road.

The police car was answering an emergency 999 call from a householder to a “robbery in progress,” Scotland Yard confirmed later.

The normally busy A1209 thoroughfare from Bethnal Green to Shoreditch reopened after five hours and bus services on the 8, E3 and E88 routes resumed at 8.45am.

It is the second incident in 24 hours to hit commuters, after a passenger was killed in an accident yesterday at Bethnal Green Underground station which disrupted Central Line services for several hours.

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