Five hospitalised as car and taxi collide in Wandsworth
Five people have been hospitalised after a crash involving a black taxi and a car in the early hours of this morning.
Firefighters, paramedics and police were called to Swandon Way, outside the Homebase store, following the crash shortly after 3.30am involving a taxi and a silver Ford Focus.
The Ford was carrying three men, with the passenger sitting in the front of the car trapped by the crash.
Police closed the road while firefighters from Battersea and Wandsworth worked to free the man.
He was carried out on a spinal board and taken to hospital.
Two other men, the driver of the Ford and another passenger traveling in the back, received minor injuries and were also taken to hospital.
Battersea fire station's Blue Watch manager Dave Waterman said: "On arrival, it seemed the passenger door had been completely deformed and pushed towards the central wheel, trapping the legs of the passenger.
"He needed to be removed from the car quickly.
"He was extricated in five minutes. It was a pretty successful job.
"The damage to the taxi by comparison was very minor."
Two other people were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The road was re-opened an hour after the crash.
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