Tuesday, July 16

East London crane collapsed: One dead after crane falls in Bow



One person has died and several others have been injured after a crane collapsed on houses in Bow east London.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) tweeted that it was working to free people trapped inside after the 20-metre crane came down on Wednesday afternoon.

It collapsed onto two terraced houses in Compton Street in Bow, and onto a block of flats under development.
Our urban search and rescue crews are undertaking a complex rescue operation and using specialist equipment to search the properties, said assistant commissioner Graham Ellis.

A LFB spokesman later said crews were still searching for one person, believed to be an adult. Four people were treated at the scene, said London Ambulance Service, with two taken to hospital after sustaining head injuries.

It was about two-thirty in the afternoon and I opened the window into the garden and just saw this big red thing coming down, and I ran. I thought, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ I thought the world was ending.

Pictures show firefighters with ladders propped up against a house with its roof caved in, while aerial images show the twisted crane embedded in the building.