Five injured as car mounts pavement and strikes pedestrians in London


Five people have been injured after a car hit pedestrians when it mounted a pavement in north-east London.

The Metropolitan Police said the incident in Stamford Hill is not being treated as terror-related and no arrests have been made.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) said five adults were treated at the scene, with four taken to a major trauma centre and the fifth taken to hospital by a crew from the Hatzola volunteer ambulance service.

One of the people injured is believed to be in a life-threatening condition, the Met said.

Graphic CCTV images seen by the PA news agency show the silver Toyota car veering from the bus lane onto the pavement.

The vehicle strikes several pedestrians, including one who is sent hurtling through the air before his body hits a stationary car.

The silver car then crashes into a tree.

One resident said the incident, which happened at around 9.30am, "could have been so much worse" as the road had been full of children walking to school in the preceding half hour.

An eyewitness told PA the driver of the car was in "shock" after the crash and was overheard telling police his brakes had failed.

The witness, who asked not to be named, said: "I heard a bang, that was when the car hit the bus stop.

"The car was on the kerb and I saw two people flying in mid-air.

"After that he hit a Mitsubishi parked over there and his car did a 90-degree rotation.

"Another guy on crutches got hit.

"A few elderly Jewish gentlemen helped him out the car, people in the shop came out to help.

"I called police and they were here in two or three minutes. I saw five people getting treated including the driver. He was an older-looking man in shock."

Stamford Hill incident
Five people were injured (Aaron Chown/PA)

The driver was identified as a furloughed worker at a nearby Kosher grocery store called Breuer and Spitzer by an employee, who declined to name the man.

He said he was in his 70s and had been employed there for as long as 40 years, but had not been working because of health fears over his age.

"He was a very careful man, always big with health and safety. A very nice man," he told PA.

"We're all in shock, it's such a surprise.

"I think something must have gone wrong technically with the car or inside him, a health issue maybe.

"He is such nice man, very careful, very safe, everyone knows him."

Paramedics and police officers were called to the scene shortly before 9.40am to reports that a car had mounted a pavement and struck pedestrians.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said six ambulance crews, hazardous area response teams and a London Air Ambulance team, who travelled by car, were among those who attended.

"Five adults were treated at the scene. We took four to a major trauma centre, and one person was taken to hospital by an Hatzola ambulance crew," she said.

Police at the scene in Stamford Hill (
Police at the scene in Stamford Hill (Aaron Chown/PA)

Police have cordoned off a large area and were examining the scene as passers-by – many from the orthodox Jewish community – watched on at around midday on Friday.

What appeared to be broken glass could be seen surrounding a partially-ruined bus stop.

Around 20 yards away, a damaged silver Toyota car was in front of a mini-market, its front bonnet completely crumpled and windscreen smashed.