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Four trapped in night-time police car smash

PUBLISHED: 10:57 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:23 05 October 2010

FOUR people were trapped in a road smash in East London during the night involving a police patrol car. Emergency fire crews were called in to release all four injured, who were then taken in a fleet of ambulances to hospital after the crash at 11.40am

By Mike Brooke

FOUR people were trapped in a road smash in East London during the night involving a police patrol car.

Emergency fire crews were called in to release all four injured, who were then taken in a fleet of ambulances to hospital. Firefighters used cutting equipment on both vehicles to reach those trapped.

The woman police driver received a broken arm and pelvis injuries in the crash at 11.40pm at Mare Street in South Hackney. A fellow officer with her had cuts and bruises.

STOLEN’

They were in collision with an Audi A3, at the junction with Well Street which Scotland Yard confirmed this morning (Wednesday) had been reported earlier as lost or stolen.’

But the patrol car was not thought to have been in pursuit of the Audi when it crashed.

The man driving the Audi had leg fractures, his woman passenger suffered shoulder fractures.

ARREST

None of the four injured was said to be critical. Officers from the Met’s Collision Investigation unit are investigating to establish exactly how it happened, while the Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.

The couple in the Audi were later arrested, but no details have emerged today about any charges.

Mare Street had to be closed during the rescue which took almost an-hour-and-a-half.


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