A MAN has been arrested after a duo in superhero outfits were  mowed down by a car and rushed to hospital.

Thames Valley Police launched a hunt for the driver of a silver Toyota Prius which ploughed into a man dressed as Spider-Man and a man imitating Deadpool.

The 26-year-old Spider-Man impersonator was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation after he suffered a broken leg.

The man dressed as Deadpool, aged 25, suffered minor injuries in the horrific collision.

TVP has confirmed a gang of men in the silver car, which had a registration plate beginning LP13, hurled abuse at a group of friends dressed as comic book heroes.

What came next was a shocking incident when the motorist drove towards the group, knocking two of them to the ground.

They then drove off from Station Hill, shortly after 3am on Saturday (May 19) and dumped the vehicle near Thames Avenue.

A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and released under investigation.

A police spokesman said: “A group of eight men dressed as comic book superheroes were walking up Station Hill near to the taxi rank when a silver Prius with a partial registration LP13 was driven towards them.

“The occupants of the vehicle shouted abuse at the group before the car mounted the pavement and struck two of the group.

“The impact caused one of the victims, a 26-year-old man who was dressed as Spider-Man, to suffer a broken leg, while another victim, a 25-year-old man dressed as Deadpool, sustained minor injuries.

“Both victims were treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, with the more seriously injured man requiring an operation.”

The driver was believed to have been dressed in a cream or gold coloured tracksuit.

The vehicle had a flat tyre on the front passenger side.

Detective constable Hugh Bailey, based at Reading Police Station, said: “This was a nasty attack on a group enjoying a night out in Reading.

“I am appealing for anybody who was in the vicinity of the Station Hill taxi rank in Reading at around 3am on Saturday morning who may have seen this incident to contact 101, quoting reference number 43180150994.

 "Two men suffered leg injuries in this incident, and it is our priority to identify the offenders as quickly as possible.”