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East London Bus Crash Was 'Like An Explosion'
A man has died and 13 people have been injured after a double-decker bus and a car collided in Clapton, east London.
The crash happened at approximately 2.20am in Lea Bridge Road, at the junction with Essex Wharf.
One mother who lives near the scene of the smash said the impact was "like an explosion".
A man who was in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other men who were in the vehicle have been taken to hospital.
One is in a critical condition, while the other two, who were in the back of the vehicle, are described as being in a serious but stable condition.
All of them are believed to be aged in their early to mid-20s.
Police said no one had been arrested and inquiries into the cause of the collision are under way.
Investigators said they believed the car was "travelling with or closely behind" another vehicle along Lea Bridge Road and urged the driver of the second vehicle to come forward.
A Met Police spokeswoman said there was "no evidence" to suggest the two vehicles were racing at high speed when the accident happened.
Ambulance crews treated around 10 walking wounded who were passengers on the bus, an N38 travelling towards Whipps Cross.
A number of the injured - all thought to have minor injuries - were taken to hospital on another bus supplied by Transport for London.
The wreckage of a blue car could be seen lying across the central reservation next to traffic lights close to the Lee Valley Ice Centre.
The N38 bus was nearby, its right front corner crumpled and its left side angled into a grassy verge.
Rose Friggi, 32, a mother-of-two from nearby Paradise Park, said: "I was up in the night because my baby was sick.
"I heard what sounded like an explosion.
"My husband went to work at about 3am and he said there were police cars and a helicopter at the scene."
Motorists have been advised to avoid the area.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident are asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101.