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Five injured after car mounts pavement in Stamford Hill
11 December 2020, 11:04 | Updated: 11 December 2020, 15:01
Five people have been injured, four seriously, after a car mounted the pavement in Stamford Hill, north London.
Police said one of those hurt was in a life-threatening condition.
The force said the incident is not being treated as terror-related.
Enquiries are said to be ongoing and no arrests have been made.
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.
Shomrim, a local neighbourhood watch group, tweeted to reassure those in the area that the incident was "not terror related but a horrendous accident".
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.
One eyewitness, who works in a Nissan garage across the road, said the driver of the car was a man who looked to be in his early 60s and was in "shock" after the crash.
The driver was overheard telling police his brakes had failed, after being helped out of the ruined car by two "elderly Jewish gentlemen", according to the witness.
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."
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson told LBC: "We were called at 9.37am today (11 December) to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and pedestrians on Stamford Hill, N16.
"We sent a number of resources to the scene, including six ambulance crews, an incident response officer, a medic in a car, a team leader and our hazardous area response teams. We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance by car.
"Five adults were treated at the scene, and we took four to a major trauma centre. Another person was also taken to hospital by an Hatzola ambulance crew."