Horrible footage shows the moment an elderly driver stepped onto the pavement and blew pedestrians after losing control of the wheel in East London this morning.
Four people were seriously injured and treated on the side of the road in Stamford Hill, Hackney around 9:40 a.m. before being taken to a large trauma center.
The driver, believed to be a man in his seventies on vacation from a local kosher greengrocer, was also rushed to the hospital by a Hatzola volunteer ambulance crew.
The graphic video surveillance shows his silver Toyota driving up the curb and falling through a bus shelter before meeting several people and coming to a stop at the base of a tree.
A witness above the driver told police that his brakes had failed. They added, “I heard a bang when the car reached the bus stop. The car was parked on the curb and I saw two people flying in the air.
After that, he hit a Mitsubishi parked there and his car turned 90 degrees. Another man on crutches was hit.
& # 39; A couple of older Jewish gentlemen helped him out of the car, people in the shop came out to help. I called the police and they were here in two or three minutes. I saw five people being treated, including the driver. He was an older looking man in shock. & # 39;
Scotland Yard is not treating it as a terrorist attack and has not made any arrests, but the investigation is ongoing.
Five people have been hospitalized after a car (Toyota crashed into a tree) plowed on the sidewalk and plowed into pedestrians this morning in East London
Witnesses say he lost control of his Toyota and spun on the sidewalk and slammed through a bus shelter before crashing into a tree in front of a green grocery store
Shards of glass are scattered around the bus shelter and one of the panels was torn off
Dramatic images show the hood of the car, completely wrinkled where it was rammed into the tree trunk. The windshield was smashed and the airbags inflated.
About 20 meters down the street, next to a damaged bus shelter, other paramedics were pictured. Broken glass was scattered around the shelter and one of the panels was torn off.
A witness who gave her name as Sarah said, “It was a total accident, the car lost control, it just went through the bus stop and into the tree. It turned around and around. & # 39;
Sarah added, “I saw the man sitting in the chair. He was dizzy, but he was the best of all. He was the least injured of all. I don't know how he survived this.
& # 39; He's an older person. He is a jew. I know him from church, but I don't know his name. He was really shocked. I think he's in his late 70s.
“I've seen him, he's a very responsible man – he's always put on his mask – he's always very sensible.
“I know the police said it wasn't a terrorist attack. It was a terrible accident. My prayers are for everyone. The guy at the bus stop was very badly injured. It is terrible.
One resident said it "could have been a lot worse" because the street was full of kids going to school for the last half hour.
At around 9:40 a.m., at least a dozen ambulances were brought to the spot where the Toyota had come to a halt at the foot of the trunk. The front of the car was wrinkled, the windshield broken, and the airbags inflated
About 20 meters down the street, next to a damaged bus shelter, other paramedics were pictured. Shards of glass are scattered around the shelter and one of the panels has been torn off
They all received roadside treatment in the Stamford Hill area of Hackney before four were taken to a large trauma center
About 20 years later, more paramedics were pictured next to a bus shelter that appeared to be damaged
Nicola, 27, from Hackney said, “I saw him being treated in a chair by medical professionals. He was an older man, around 70 years old.
He looked completely dazed and shocked. I don't know if he spoke English very well because someone was translating for him. It looked like a terrible tragic accident to me. & # 39;
Rob Quansah, owner of Foxy Auto Parts nearby, told MailOnline, “When I looked out the window, people were lying on the floor. I was shocked.
“Don't expect to see it at this time of the morning. It was terrifying to see people on the ground back then. & # 39;
He added, “I've been here for 25 years and this is the worst accident I've seen in my time. They just don't expect to see these things outside of work. & # 39;
London Ambulance dispatched six crews, including hazardous area response teams, and police and fire engines were also present.
The damaged Toyota stopped after it hit a tree on the side of the road in Stamford Hill, Hackney
London Ambulance dispatched six crews, including the air ambulance service by car, while the police and fire brigade were also present
Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area between Cazenove Road and Clapton Common.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "It is reported that a car went onto the sidewalk and hit a number of pedestrians.
& # 39; We are waiting for an update on any injuries. At this early stage, this incident is not being treated as terrorist. & # 39;
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call today (December 11) at 9:37 am for reports of a road collision involving a car and pedestrians on Stamford Hill, N16.
“We sent a range of resources to the scene, including six rescue workers, an operations leader, a medic in a car, a team leader and our hazardous area emergency teams. We also shipped London's Air Ambulance by car.
Five adults were treated on site. We took four to a large trauma center. and one was taken to the hospital by a Hatzola ambulance crew. & # 39;
A police officer enforces a line on the street in Hackney
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