A MAN was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a van and a car collided. 

Paramedics were called to the scene of a road traffic collision on Vastern Road at around 4.10pm on Friday.

This caused traffic delays near Reading Bridge during rush hour.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said: "We received a call at 4.12pm at Vastern Road for a road traffic collision involving a lorry and van.

"Emergency care response unit and two ambulances were sent to the scene and one patient was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital with serious injuries." 

The road reopened fully at around 7.20pm.

The driver of the van and the car were both rescued by fire crews.

The man in the car was seriously injured and taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Long delays were experienced while the emergency services dealt with the incident, which is believed to have involved a car and a van.

A fire service spokesman said: "At 4.15pm on Friday, February 8, we received a call from SCAS regarding a road traffic collision on Vastern Road in Reading.

"Crews from Caversham Road, Wokingham Road and Dee Road Fire Stations and an Officer are currently at the scene, alongside SCAS and Thames Valley Police

"There is a build up of heavy traffic, so please avoid the area where possible."

Thames Valley Police added: "We were called just after 4.10pm to a report of atwo-vehiclee collision in Vastern Road.

"The road is down to one lane between the IDR and Caversham Bridge."