Driver dies after taxi hits wall in Portsmouth

The taxi crashed into a garden wall in Baffins. Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
The taxi crashed into a garden wall in Baffins. Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
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A TAXI driver has died after his car crashed into a wall in Portsmouth.

Police were called to the T-junction of Cobden Avenue and Chesterfield Road in Baffins at around 6pm after reports of a male taxi driver leaving the road and driving into a garden wall.

The junction was cordoned off while police investigated but a spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said they believe the accident was caused after the driver had a medical episode.

A spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Cobden Avenue after a vehicle collided with a house.

‘The crash is being fully investigated.

‘Unfortunately a man has died from the incident and the family are being made aware at this moment in time.

‘Nobody from inside the house was injured.’

Aaron Reid, who lives on the corner of Cobden Avenue, called the emergency services.

The 27-year-old said: ‘I was in the bathroom and I heard this massive crash.

‘I went outside and saw the taxi in the front garden of the house opposite.

‘There was smoke all over the street.

‘I called the emergency services while other people tried to help the driver.’