Two fighting for life

TWO people were left fighting for their lives after a horrific night-time smash at the A13 flyover blackspot. A woman was in intensive care with multiple injuries and a man suffered a broken pelvis and suspected broken back after the crash at the Lodge

TWO people were left fighting for their lives after a horrific night-time smash at the A13 flyover blackspot.

A woman was in intensive care with "multiple injuries" and a man suffered a broken pelvis and suspected broken back after the crash at the Lodge Avenue flyover in Dagenham. Two others had serious injuries including fractures.

The 1.40am smash on Saturday involved four cars coming from opposite directions, including a black cab and a Mitsubishi so badly mangled that firefighters could not identify the model.

In July, a pedestrian was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after an accident at the flyover and three people were injured in a pile-up on September 11.


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Last year, residents called on transport chiefs to introduce a central reservation in a bid to stop "so many bad accidents", but this was discounted by Transport for London on the grounds it would slow down traffic.

Det Chief Insp Ellie O'Connor on Monday said inquiries into the latest smash, ironically thought to have been caused by speeding, were continuing, adding the injured were now stable.

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She said: "They are critical but stable. They have severe injuries but they are all expected to survive."

Dagenham Fire Station white watch manager, Darren Barnett, said two drivers were extracted from a black cab and a Vauxhall Zafira and a total of four people taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel with serious injuries.

Mr Barnett added a man and a woman were taken to Newham General Hospital with minor injuries and it was thought the crash may have involved a speeding car.

London Ambulance Service said three people were treated on scene and two taken as a priority to Royal London Hospital.

* Anyone with information regarding the smash is urged to call police on 020 8984 1212.

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