Five hospitalised after motorbike and police car collide in Poplar

By Rob Virtue on June 5, 2014 2:44 PM |

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A motorcyclist has been rushed to hospital after colliding with a police car at Poplar High Street.

London Ambulance Service said five people in total were taken to hospital following the incident on Thursday afternoon.

London Air Ambulance also attended the incident which saw another two people treated by paramedics at the scene.

An LAS spokesman said: "We were called at around 1.20pm to reports of a road traffic collision in Poplar High Street involving a car and a motorcycle.

"We sent two responders by car, three ambulance crews, two duty officers and London Air Ambulance to the scene.

"We treated seven patients at the scene. Five patients were taken to the Royal London Hospital."

He added injuries ranged from minor to more serious.

Reports from the scene suggested railings may have been broken in the incident and pedestrians injured.

The collision took place at the junction with Cotton Street.

Police released a statement just before 5.30pm saying the car was responding to an activation of a number plate recognition system.

Meanwhile, Tower Hamlets Met had earlier tweeted: "Cotton Street junction with Poplar High Street is closed due to a police incident. Use Alternative routes."

1-2.jpgPhoto of the scene: Twitter/@specialist0027