Essex police car collision investigated

A collision between an Essex police car and a cab, in which two officers and a taxi driver were injured, is to be investigated by the police watchdog.

A patrol car with blue lights flashing collided with a white and orange Hackney cab on Sunday in Basildon.

The police car ended up on its side and a special constable, travelling as a passenger, is in a critical but stable condition at the Royal London Hospital.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to start an inquiry.

The crash happened on Broadmayne just before midnight. The road was closed while the crash was investigated.

Multiple fractures

A police spokesman said: "The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been notified and will undertake an independent investigation into the actions of the police driver whilst the circumstances of the crash will be investigated by Essex Police Serious Collision team, overseen by the IPCC."

The 19-year-old special constable suffered multiple fractures to his head and chest. An Essex Police spokesman said his family were with him in hospital.

The police driver, a 30-year-old PC, and the 26-year-old taxi driver were taken to Basildon Hospital.

The police spokesman said the PC had a suspected fracture to his pelvis and fractured vertebrae. The taxi driver, from Basildon, has a suspected fractured pelvis.

The police car was travelling to an emergency and had its siren and flashing lights on.

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