A motorcyclist has suffered multiple injuries, which police initially thought were fatal, after colliding with a car at St Margarets roundabout.

Following the crash on the A316 junction between The Avenue and the roundabout on Wednesday, June 6, police were treating the area as a crime scene, causing tailbacks along the road.

Chief inspector Graham Simpson at Twickenham station said: “The traffic collision was treated as a possible fatal incident. A crime scene was put in place and traffic was diverted causing serious disruption to motorists.

“Later police were informed that the rider of the motorcycle was critical but in a stable condition.

“He had multiple broken bones and suffered a head injury, although we have now heard that his condition is a lot better.”

The road was closed between approximately 5pm and 8pm, with traffic down to one lane, which caused queuing from Hospital Bridge Road.

A spokeswoman from London Ambulance Service said: “We were called just before 5pm to a road traffic collision involving a car and motorcycle.

“We sent an ambulance crew and a single responder car. Our staff treated a man reported to be in his 40s. He was treated for arm and leg injuries and then taken to St Mary’s Hospital.”

The incident has been transferred to the traffic unit, Marlow House, which will investigate further.