ONE man was killed and another seriously injured when the car they were travelling in crashed into a pub.

It is believed that the smash happened between 4.30 to 5am, when the vehicle hit a curb on Forest Road before swerving into the Bell pub at the junction with Hoe Street.

The man who died is believed to be 20 years-old while the other victim is thought to be aged in his twenties.

It is unclear which man is the driver.

Police have not release their details because they are awaiting formal identification.

No other vehicles were involved.

Forest Road was closed between the Bell corner and Walthamstow Magistrates Court but police have since re-opened it.

One of the occupants of the silver BMW 328i coupe was taken to the Royal London Hosptial in Whitechapel with spinal injuries.

A post mortem is yet to take place.

The crash happened inches from the scene where 25-year-old Walthamstow man Bobby Khan died in a car smash in July 2007.

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit are investigating.

Any witnesses should call 020 8597 4874 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.