A 28 year-old woman is fighting for her life after a tower crane dropped its load next to Bow Corner in central London.
She was walking past a Higgins Homes site on Tuesday (27th March) morning when she was crushed by what is reported to be a pallet load of bricks, released from a five-storey crane.
Police officers from Tower Hamlets were called to the scene, in Burdett Road at the junction with St Paul’s Way, at 9.38am. The London Ambulance Service attended, and the woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries, a man was also treated for shock.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police in Tower Hamlets are dealing after a woman was injured by falling debris. Officers were called at 9.38am. A woman has apparently been struck by debris falling from a building site crane.
“London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was taken to an east London hospital in a critical condition. Her next of kin have been informed.”
A spokesman said: “We sent a number of resources to the scene including an incident response officer, a motorcycle responder, two single responders in cars and two ambulance crews. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance by car.
“We treated a woman at the scene for serious injuries and took her as a priority to a major trauma centre. We also took a second person to hospital.”
Video footage showed a crowd of people rushing to help her as she lay injured on the pavement in Burdett Road. Witnesses said the woman was given CPR by passers-by until the emergency services arrived.
The HSE are working with local authorities to investigate the cause of the accident.