A car and a night bus crashed head on in the early hours on Wednesday, resulting in the death of one man and leaving 13 injured, one of them critically. According to the Metropolitan Police, the accident occurred at around 2h20 in Lea Bridge Road with the junction of Essex Warf, Clapton.
The bus route was a N38 travelling towards Whipps Cross and the crash took place close to the Lee Valley Ice Centre. The blue Audi involved in he crash is believed to have been driving down the wrong side of the road at the time of the collision. The bus driver veered towards the curb to avoid the crash, but it was too late. It has been reported that the car may have been driving at up to 110mph when the incident occurred.
One man, who died at the scene of collision, was in the car involved in the crash. Three other men in the car were also injured, one of whom is still in critical condition. Two of the men are in a serious but stable condition and being treated in a east London hospital. The four passengers in the car are believed to be in their mid-twenties.
The Ambulance Service was called at the scene and also treated around ten wounded passengers of the bus. Some of them were taken to the hospital by another bus supplied by Transport for London, all suffering minor injuries, said the Metropolitan Police.
No arrests have been made and inquires are underway, the police said.
There are road closures in place running from Chatsworth Road and the junction of Lea Bridge Road to Orient Way and the junction with Lea Bridge Road.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
The Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath are investigating. Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101.