A woman has died and three people have been injured after a Range Rover crashed into a Park Tesla in central London this morning.
A woman was sitting alone at a Tesla Center charging point near Park Royal Underground station when a Range Rover veered off the road, hit a metal barrier and crashed into a £50,000 car below.
The driver of the Range Rover, which then ended up on the Piccadilly Line tracks – which can only be reached through heavy fencing and a station wall – died at the scene near the A40 Western Avenue, West London.
The female patient in the Tesla was hospitalized with less serious injuries.
Officers said the Piccadilly line and the A40 would be closed ‘for a considerable period’ as they set up a cordon around the scene.
A Land Rover is shown on the tracks from above as Park Royal station can be seen in the background.
Police have been pictured at the scene near the Tesla Center near Park Royal Underground station this morning as the railing behind the railway tracks can be seen damaged.
A Tesla is pictured this morning as police tape is seen surrounding the scene.
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A police source said: ‘The Tesla was parked off the road when it was hit by another car off the A40.
‘Unless there’s a catastrophic mechanical failure we’ll see if drink was somehow involved.
‘The Tesla was not on the road and the Range Rover came at high speed and went through the metal barrier and collided with the stationary vehicle.’
The west side of the A40 – one of the main routes out of central London – remains closed to all traffic.
Local residents in a nearby block of flats said they were woken by sirens as emergency services rushed to the scene.
One woman, whose flat overlooks the A40, said: ‘We didn’t hear the crash, but then we were woken up by all the sirens. When I looked out the window all you could see were blue flashing lights. It was quite scary.’
The Met Police said in a statement: ‘Police were called to a collision on the A40 westbound near Park Royal underground station at 03.48 on Monday 22 August.
Officers attended along with ambulance crews. It is reported that two cars, a Range Rover and a Tesla collided and the Range Rover left the road and landed on the railway line.
‘Despite the efforts of the emergency services, a woman in the Range Rover died at the scene.
‘A woman, believed to be with the stationary Tesla, was treated for injuries which are believed to be non-life threatening.
‘A male and a female occupant of the Range Rover were treated by paramedics at the scene. before being taken to the hospital. We await an update on their condition.
Cordons have been put in place. The A40 and Piccadilly line are expected to be closed for a long time in the area. Passengers are advised to avoid traveling on these routes.’
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service later clarified to MailOnline that the two people injured in the Land Rover are being treated in hospital for serious injuries, while the woman in the Tesla was not seriously injured in the crash.
A photo of the station shows a Tesla sign in the background, broken railings above a charging point then another fence near the railway tracks (front).
This photo shows the Tesla car park with a forensic tent next to the Tesla car that crashed as the railway fence is seen behind with a fence that has been destroyed.
Another photo from above shows the Tesla with a forensic tent and pieces of debris nearby.
Pictured is a Land Rover on track as can be seen at Park Royal station in the background benches
Police were called at 3.48am to the crash on the A40 near Park Royal Underground station after the Range Rover ended up on railway tracks. Photo: Meeting with police at the scene
A woman has died and three people have been injured in a collision between a Range Rover and a Tesla in central London. Image: Traffic on the A40
The Piccadilly line and the A40 near Park Royal Underground station (pictured) will be closed for a ‘considerable period’ as officers cordon off the scene.
A Transport for London spokesman said: ‘Due to the impact on the network, the A40 Western Avenue is closed westbound at the A4000 Wells Farm Road (Gypsy Corner) junction, with no service between Acton Town and Uxbridge on the Piccadilly line. Is and two. Bus routes are diverted.’
A London Underground and Travel Services manager in the capital also told MailOnline that the Land Rover was not hit by a train because there was no rail service running at the time and no engineering work on the track.
It follows travel woes for rail passengers after tens of thousands of workers went on strike again in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), the Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) and Unite staged a 24-hour walkout on Saturday, affecting Network Rail and a number of train companies across the country.
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