FIVE people, including a taxi driver with serious injuries, were taken to hospital following a crash involving three vehicles outside the entrance to St John's RC Primary School in Trowbridge this afternoon.

One woman was cut free from a blue Honda Accord and a black Ford Galaxy taxi containing a driver and his passengers is understood to have overturned.

It is understood the taxi driver has been taken by land ambulance to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

It is not known how badly his passengers - believed to be a family - have been hurt in the crash.

A South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “We were called at 2.24pm about a road traffic incident on Wingfield Road, Trowbridge.

"Our crews treated and conveyed five patients by land ambulances to hospital. None were thought to be too seriously injured.”

It is understood the driver works for Eagle Taxis based in Silver Street, Trowbridge. The company's vehicles operate mostly from Trowbridge Railway Station.

A spokesman for the company confirmed one of their drivers was involved but could not give more details.

Crews from Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge fire stations are at the accident scene and Wiltshire Police have closed the road.

Delays along the A366 Wingfield Road are likely. Drivers are being warned to avoid the area if possible.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: "We're currently dealing with a three-vehicle road traffic collision on the A366 Wingfield Road in Trowbridge.

"It happened close to the entrance of St John's RC Primary School and the road is currently blocked.

"Please could motorists avoid the area and find alternative routes."

St John's School staff contacted parents just after lunchtime today asking them to delay picking up their children.

Photos: Trevor Porter