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An elderly pedestrian was severely injured after being struck by a police van responding to a 999 call.

The 71-year-old, who was walking with a stick, was on a pedestrian crossing outside Hammersmith Underground station when he was struck by the marked police van using lights and sirens.

Witnesses said the pedestrian was thrown “like a bowling pin” after being struck. He was given first aid by a trainee doctor at the scene before being rushed to hospital in a critical condition. 

Scotland Yard today said his injuries were no longer life-threatening, but potentially life-changing. 

The van was travelling with its sirens and lights at the time of the crash just before 6pm last night.

Witnesses said it had slowed down to allow others crossing the road to reach the opposite side but the pensioner did not make it in time. 

Roads were closed around Hammersmith roundabout and the Independent Police Complaints Commission was informed of the incident.

Officers from the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command are investigating. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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