An appeal for witnesses and relevant footage has been launched following a fatal collision yesterday (14 September) in south east London, where a ReFood food waste collection vehicle collided with two other cars before crashing into a house.
The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, while five others were injured, three of whom were taken to hospital.
A spokesperson from the London Ambulance Service said it was called to the scene at 08:03 yesterday to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles in Broad Walk, Kidbrooke.
The spokesperson said: “Working closely with other emergency services at the scene, we assessed six patients. Unfortunately, one patient was found to have died at the scene. Of the remaining five patients, we took three to hospital and two were discharged at the scene.
“We dispatched a number of resources including four ambulance crews, medics in cars, an advanced paramedic and our hazardous area response teams (HART.) We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.”
It has been widely reported that an 11 year old boy is also in a critical condition because of the incident.
The London Fire Brigade added that Specialist Urban Search and Rescue crews attended the scene and “efforts were made to free the lorry driver but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.”
A spokesperson for ReFood said: “On Monday morning (14 September), one of our food waste collection vehicles was involved in a serious incident in south-east London. Tragically, the driver died at the scene and three others were taken to hospital with injuries.
“We are working closely with the relevant authorities to support their ongoing investigations”
“We are working closely with the relevant authorities to support their ongoing investigations. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of those affected at this very difficult time.”
Detective constable Neil Webb, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a traumatic incident and my thoughts are with those involved and their loved ones.
“We are conducting extensive enquiries into what happened, and I’m keen to hear from witnesses and those with dash-cam or CCTV footage of the incident. Please help us piece together what happened.”
ReFood runs a network of anaerobic digestion facilities across the country, including a £32 million plant in Dagenham it opened in 2017 (see letsrecycle.com story).
It collects food waste from a number of companies and its customers include the NHS, local authorities and the commercial sector.
Some ReFood vehicles are understood to be Mercedes trucks powered by biodiesel although details of the vehicle in the incident have not been released.