UPDATE: Detective recovers in hospital after Sandy Lane, Wallington, smash knocks out his teeth
A policeman suffered facial injuries after an unmarked police car was involved in a collision with a lorry this morning.
Two detective constables were travelling in the blue Subaru estate when they pulled up at a zebra crossing in Sandy Lane South, Wallington, only to be struck from behind by a white lorry shortly before 6.30am.
The car shunted forward and clipped a pedestrian who was using the crossing. The officer in the passenger seat was taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries including two missing teeth, bruising and swelling.
The other officer suffered bruising. Paramedics treated the pedestrian for leg injuries and the driver of the lorry was taken to hospital but discharged a short while later.
Police closed the road for several hours while emergency services worked on the scene and traffic, including the 154 and 455 buses, was diverted away from the area.
One woman who lives near the site of the crash but who asked not to be named, said: "I was just getting ready and I heard a tremendous crash and then a lot of shouting and things.
"I went to have a look and there was a man who had been knocked over and the van and car in the road. I looked like the blue car had stopped at the zebra crossing and the van must not have expected it or something and he's tried to swerve round him but he's ended up hitting him.
"Within a minute there were paramedics and police all over the place.
"It looked pretty bad, the cars were in a real state. I had no idea the car was a police car, though. It didn't look like one.
"It can be quite bad out there when it's quiet. People do sometimes drive quite fast. It is a bit of a worry with the school nearby but it does slow down when the traffic builds up."
June Abram, who also lives nearby, added: "I heard a lot of shouting and yelling and then I looked and I could see that cars were all having to swerve around something that had happened in the road. It's all quite a shock."
The officers were not attached to Sutton police and are part of a specialist Metropolitan Police team operating in the area.
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