At least 12 people have been injured after a bus smashed into a tree in east London.

Five people were taken to hospital after emergency services were called to the scene in Manor Park at around noon.

Paramedics were treating patients including a man with serious head injuries and a woman in her 60s with hip pain.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) emergency planning officer Chris Hawkswell tweeted pictures showing the crumpled front of the single-decker bus and a number of ambulances at the scene.

His photos also showed an air ambulance which attended the incident and was helping to triage and treat the “most serious” patients.

An LAS spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.59am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a bus and a tree at Manor Park station.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene including six ambulances, four duty officers, our hazardous area response team, London’s Air Ambulance and our emergency planning team.

“We are currently treating 12 patients.

“Five patients have been treated and taken to hospital – two as a priority. A man believed to be in his forties for a head injury was taken as a priority to the Royal London Hospital.

“The second patient, a woman believed to be in her sixties was treated for hip pain. She was also taken as priority to the Royal London Hospital.

“We continue to remain on scene treating patients.”

In a separate crash in Birmingham, 13 people were injured when two buses were involved in a head-on collision.

Both drivers were trapped in their cabs and had to be freed, but they were described as “walking wounded”, the Birmingham Mail reported.

Source: SKY News