Pedestrians among those injured in Poplar crash as police car and motorbike collide

By Rob Virtue on June 5, 2014 5:27 PM |

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A police car was responding to an emergency call when it collided with a motorcycle, it's been revealed.

The motorcyclist was rushed to hospital with head and leg injuries, while pedestrians were also injured in the incident just before 1.30pm on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Met Police said officers were responding to an automatic number plate reader activation.

She added: "The motorcyclist, a 27-year-old man has been taken to a London hospital with suspected head and leg injuries. Two police officers were injured during the collision; their injuries are unknown at this stage.

"Three pedestrians sustained minor injuries during the incident from flying debris. Road closures have been put in place."

London Ambulance Service said five people in total were taken to hospital and another two were treated at the scene.

The incident happened at the junction between Poplar High Street and Cotton Street and has been referred by police to the Directorate of Professional Standards.

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath is investigating the scene.

Witnesses are being urged to call police on 101.