Newbury Park junction reopened after driver smashes into two traffic lights and runs away

A busy Newbury Park junction has been reopened this afternoon more than 12 hours after a car wiped out two sets of traffic lights and landed on its roof.

The Toyota Land Cruiser was travelling on the London-bound stretch of the A12 Eastern Avenue when it careered into the lights at the junction with Barley Lane.

The driver fled the scene before firefighters and police arrived, and no other vehicles are thought to have been involved in the accident.

Transport for London (TfL) had been diverting traffic around the junction since then, affecting the 296 and 396 bus routes.

At 4pm today, TfL removed the restrictions after getting the traffic lights back up and running.

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Police say they are investigating the collision.

Ilford Fire Station watch manager Mark Mills said: “I’d remind people to drive carefully but also be aware that there are lots of other people on the roads that do not drive carefully.

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“Be vigilant of crossing at junctions and don’t take things for granted.”

He added: “If the accident had happened at another time of day, the outcome could have been very different.”

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