Pedestrian in 40s fighting for life after being hit by car during rush hour

A pedestrian is fighting for his life after being hit by a car in East London during rush hour this morning (November 18).

Emergency services were called to the A503 in Walthamstow this morning at around 8.30am following reports of a collision between a car and pedestrian.

The injured man, who is in his forties, suffered a head injury and was rushed to a major trauma centre at an East London hospital.

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The A503 Forest Road was closed in both directions from around 8.30am today, with queueing traffic due to the collision between A112 Chingford Road (The Bell) and Shernhall Street.

It also resulted in congestion to Chingford Road back towards the North Circular (Crooked Billet) and in both directions on Church Hill finding another way around.

The road was closed for around five hours until shortly after 1pm.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 8.25am by the London Ambulance Service on Thursday, November 18 to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Forest Road, Waltham Forest.

“Officers, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade attended. A man in his forties suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital.”

“No arrests have been made and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information, video or images that could help police, please call 101 referencing CAD 1404/18NOV.”

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A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said: “Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision on Forest Road in Walthamstow this morning.

“A car had been in collision with a pedestrian. Two people had left the vehicle before the Brigade arrived and no one was trapped. Crews made the scene safe.

“One man was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews and another two men were treated on scene.

“The Brigade was called at 0829 and the incident was over for firefighters by 0858. Two fire engines from Walthamstow Fire Station and a fire rescue unit from Edmonton Fire Station were at the scene.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 8.23am today (November 18) to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Forest Road, E17.

“We sent an ambulance crew, two medics in cars, an incident response officer, and an advanced paramedic.

“We treated a man at the scene and took him to a major trauma centre as a priority.”

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