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Croydon driver dies as towed car breaks free

A man being towed in his broken-down car died after it swerved, hit a tree and broke free, causing it to collide with another vehicle.

Abdullah Haji Weli Bakar, 48, was being towed by the AA at about 09:15 BST on Tuesday when the crash happened in Coombe Lane in Croydon, south, London.

The AA said it was investigating why the car had swerved.

A spokesman said that in line with industry practice, Mr Bakar had been required to steer while being towed.

Mr Bakar's car required a "short recovery" and a tow pole had been used to pull his car.

He said Mr Bakar's black Vauxhall Zafira swerved, hit a tree, went up a bank and rolled over causing it to break free.

It then collided with a Vauxhall. The driver of that car was treated for minor injuries.

The AA spokesman said the company's thoughts were with the families and friends of those involved.

The police said no arrests had been made and officers were investigating.

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