Five hospitalised after East Ham pile-up

Five people were taken to hospital after a three-car pile-up in East Ham last night.

The vehicles were in collision at the junction of Napier Road and Barking Road at around 9.30pm.

A man and a woman, both believed to be in their mid-30s, had to be cut free from their Toyota Yaris by firefighters.

Three other people, who had been travelling in a Ford Focus and a Vauxhall Vectra, were also hurt.

All were taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from suspected neck and spinal injuries.

Barking Road was closed for a short time, with a contraflow system then put in place and buses were diverted until the scene was cleared at around 11pm.