WALTHAMSTOW: Road closed after car accident

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The crash scene. Photo courtesy of the Crap Cycling and Walking in Waltham Forest website. The crash scene. Photo courtesy of the Crap Cycling and Walking in Waltham Forest website.

HOE Street, in Walthamstow, has now re-opened following a road accident this morning.

It is believed a BMW driver lost control and hit a lamppost at around 6am near the Rose and Crown pub.

An ambulance crew and response car were sent to the scene and a 27-year-old man was taken to Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, with what are believed to be serious injuries.

The road was closed for over six hours while debris was cleared, but has now re-opened both ways.

More to follow.

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12:18pm Sat 4 Sep 10

Helen, Walthamstow says...

So this very busy road is closed off for more than five hours so far, affecting not just cars and lorries but also a whole variety of buses, just because a car hit a lamppost! I can't see how that is justified.
So this very busy road is closed off for more than five hours so far, affecting not just cars and lorries but also a whole variety of buses, just because a car hit a lamppost! I can't see how that is justified. Helen, Walthamstow
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12:21pm Sat 4 Sep 10

Sam Hain says...

Unless there was a fatality, Helen, I couldn't agree more. Surely once the police have attended and photographs have been taken for insurance purposes the vehicle should be removed (or at least moved to one side) and traffic allowed to flow freely again.
Unless there was a fatality, Helen, I couldn't agree more. Surely once the police have attended and photographs have been taken for insurance purposes the vehicle should be removed (or at least moved to one side) and traffic allowed to flow freely again. Sam Hain
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1:30pm Sat 4 Sep 10

hammergirl says...

Sam and Helen hope neither of you are ever in a serious accident and I was following you as I dont think you would be to very happy if i got out of my car and just pushed you to one side and carried on with my journey. I think you both need to think about what you have wrote and how seriously injured the driver maybe hope it's not a friend or realtive of yours.
Sam and Helen hope neither of you are ever in a serious accident and I was following you as I dont think you would be to very happy if i got out of my car and just pushed you to one side and carried on with my journey. I think you both need to think about what you have wrote and how seriously injured the driver maybe hope it's not a friend or realtive of yours. hammergirl
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1:41pm Sat 4 Sep 10

hotredman says...

hmm, ridiculous, wait until the olympics; they would be closing roads for hours like this just the same when many foreign drivers take to the road and have accidents with rental cars or their own cars from abroad.
hmm, ridiculous, wait until the olympics; they would be closing roads for hours like this just the same when many foreign drivers take to the road and have accidents with rental cars or their own cars from abroad. hotredman
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2:04pm Sat 4 Sep 10

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Hammergirl, the same thing happens after an accident including one involving serious injuries, which it turns out this one did though that was not in the original report when I commented.

The police team photograph the scene, measure and make a map of features like skidmarks on the road then take the vehicle away to be examined.

Since this accident apparently involved only one vehicle, that shouldn't have taken too long and, as Sam said, there was reason why the car couldn't be moved to the side of the road until it was collected.
Hammergirl, the same thing happens after an accident including one involving serious injuries, which it turns out this one did though that was not in the original report when I commented. The police team photograph the scene, measure and make a map of features like skidmarks on the road then take the vehicle away to be examined. Since this accident apparently involved only one vehicle, that shouldn't have taken too long and, as Sam said, there was reason why the car couldn't be moved to the side of the road until it was collected. Helen, Walthamstow
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10:30am Sun 5 Sep 10

Sam Hain says...

I think Helen and I took it as read, hammergirl, that the police and emergency services had already done their job. We weren't being callous or uncaring merely questioning the delay in removing the car. As it now transpires, the driver was being chased by the police (not, I'm sure, that we don't hope that he or she survives) and this raises a whole lot of other issues about whether such chases are actually counter-productive and do more harm than good. They certainly seem, as in this case, to have the potential at least to cause very serious disruption, often out of all proportion to the incident or crime that initially triggered the chase.
I think Helen and I took it as read, hammergirl, that the police and emergency services had already done their job. We weren't being callous or uncaring merely questioning the delay in removing the car. As it now transpires, the driver was being chased by the police (not, I'm sure, that we don't hope that he or she survives) and this raises a whole lot of other issues about whether such chases are actually counter-productive and do more harm than good. They certainly seem, as in this case, to have the potential at least to cause very serious disruption, often out of all proportion to the incident or crime that initially triggered the chase. Sam Hain
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