Witnesses speak of horror when car flipped in Wanstead crash

The wreakage from the crash in Wanstead on April 24. Photo: Avril Hahn

The wreakage from the crash in Wanstead on April 24. Photo: Avril Hahn - Credit: Archant

Stunned passers-by have told of their horror when a car flipped over in Wanstead on Thursday.

The driver was taken to hospital after the crash in Kingfisher Avenue at 3.20pm.

The black Ford Focus was left on its side surrounded by debris and shattered glass.

Several passers by witnessed the accident near Wanstead High Street and station.

Brittany Bell was crossing the road nearby seconds before when she noticed the driver “blasting the horn”.

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She added: “I noticed in the front right wheel was what looked like an orange florescent jacket which was preventing the wheel from rotating properly and therefore jammed it.

“I then heard the car hit something and then saw the vehicle on its side.”

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Grant Lawless was the first on the scene and narrowly missed being injured himself.

His coat was left covered with “blood and glass”.

A Twitter user described the crash “like Rambo”, an action film.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said the driver, a man in his 50s, was treated for “minor injuries” and taken to Whipps Cross Hospital as a priority.

Slip roads on to the A12 were closed while emergency services were at the scene and heavy traffic was reported in the area.

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