‘Gruesome’ injury as tree collapses on three people in east London

Three people have been taken to hospital after a tree collapsed on them in east London.

The incident happened at the junction of Leyton High Road and Jesse Road in Leyton at around 6pm on Thursday.

A witness who saw the aftermath said one of the injured people had a “gruesome” head injury.

Harjit Gill, who lives in the area, said: “I saw someone under the tree on the pavement with a bandage on his head. The fire brigade arrived on the scene with the police.”

“The guy’s head was gruesome,” he added.

“The scene was of utter bemusement but [I] gathered it was serious as the police shut the road off and were quite blunt in clearing the scene.”

London Ambulance Service treated three people at the scene and took them all to hospital.

Police denied reports that any of the victims had been trapped by the tree – which has now been removed as the road reopened.

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