The A40 has been closed in one direction near Greenford after a collision involving an overturned vehicle and drivers are being encouraged to avoid the area where possible.

Pictures have emerged of a car on it's roof and traffic has been blocked from travelling eastbound on the A40 near Greenford.

Traffic is also moving slow in the opposite direction due to 'onlookers' according to Transport for London.

News of the collision surfaced at about 1.30pm and it is unclear if anyone was injured in the crash.

There are tailbacks on the A40 to the Target Underpass and traffic is being diverted off the slip road.

Congestion has built up to the A4180 West End Road.

Ealing police tweeted at around 1.40pm: "The A40 eastbound into London is closed from Greenford roundabout, please avoid."

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(Image: Google Maps)

Car collided with a bollard and flipped

The crash is believed to have occurred when a car collided with a bollard on the A40 and overturned.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called on Wednesday, September 14 shortly before 1.30pm to a report of a collision on the A40, Greenford.

“A car was found to have collided with a bollard and overturned.”

Traffic now easing

Traffic is now believed to be easing around Greenford following the earlier crash.

Congestion still looks bad on the A4127 Greenford Road and Church Road leading to Target Roundabout.

But the A40 looks much clearer.

Condition of man in car unknown

Police have released a statement on the crash to say that a male was removed from the vehicle but his condition is currently unknown.

Officers remain on the scene according to the police.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “A male was removed from the vehicle. We await an update on his condition.

“Officers attended and the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service were also called.

“Officers remain on scene.”

TFL say road now open

The A40 is now cleared and reopen according to Transport for London, but traffic remains bad.

A40 reopened but traffic congested

BBC London Travel is reporting the eastbound carriageway has reopened but that traffic is still slow into and out of London

Traffic appears to be improving

Traffic around Greenford after the crash
Traffic around Greenford after the crash (Image: Google Maps )

Congestion around Greenford appears to have improved slightly according to Google Maps and there are reports that the road has reopened eastbound.

New pictures from the scene

(Image: @Iscrew/Twitter)

Another picture from the scene of Twitter user @iScrew.

Traffic building up due to crash

Traffic is currently looking congested around Greenford due to the crash. Police have suggested drivers avoid the area if possible

The current state of traffic in Greenford according to Google Maps
The current state of traffic in Greenford according to Google Maps (Image: Google Maps)

Tailbacks to Polish War Memorial

Tailbacks for eastbound traffic are now to the Polish War Memorial and westbound to the Medway Underpass, according to Transport for London

Hillingdon buses stopped

Oxford Bus Company has tweeted to say the incident is ongoing and that Hillingdon buses are unable to run due to the collision

Ealing police warning people away from the area

Ealing police first mentioned the crash in a tweet at around 1.30pm.

They encouraged drivers to avoid the area if possible.

Photo of the overturned car

This picture was taken and posted on Twitter by @iScrew at around 2pm.

The A40 is closed eastbound at Greenford and traffic is moving slowly in the opposite direction due to onlookers

(Image: @iScrew/Twitter)