One dead and four injured in London crane collapse


A woman has died and at least four people have been injured after a tower crane collapsed onto houses in East London yesterday.

A Wolff luffing crane at a 62-flat housing site in Bow is understood to have toppled over backwards.

The jib crashed into the roof of two nearby terraced homes while the tower came down on the under-construction scheme.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and spent several hours freeing people trapped inside the damaged house.

Eyewitnesses said the crane driver had been rescued.

The London ambulance service said: “We treated four people at the scene.

“We treated two of these patients for head injuries and took them to hospital and we assessed the other two patients at the scene.

“Sadly, despite the efforts of emergency services, a fifth person was found and died at the scene.”

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis said: “A 20 metre crane has collapsed onto a block of flats under development and into two terraced houses on Compton Close.

“Our Urban Search and Rescue crews are undertaking a complex rescue operation and using specialist equipment to search the properties.”

The crane was operating on a major housing site for NU Living, the in-house building arm of Swan Housing Association.

A spokeswoman for the housing association said: “Swan Housing Association /NU living is deeply saddened by an incident that has occurred at our Watts Grove development site this afternoon.

“Our thoughts are with those affected and their families at this difficult time.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift and dedicated response and those who are supporting residents who have had to leave their homes as a safety precaution.

“Our staff are on site to provide support to the emergency response and the investigation.”

Source: Construction Enquirer

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