A young woman was today fighting for her life after being crushed under a pallet of bricks which fell five storeys from a crane.
Bricks could be seen scattered around the victim as she lay on the pavement with bystanders giving her first aid next a building site in Mile End, East London.
Paramedics took the woman to hospital with severe injuries after the incident at about 9.30am today outside Bow Corner, a new development of luxury flats.
Bricks could be seen scattered around the victim as she lay on the pavement in East London
Bystanders gave her first aid next a building site in Mile End after the incident at 9.30am today
Witness Aladdin Rahman said: ‘My friend who’s a bus driver and was driving a bus at the time it happened, said that some bricks had fallen on the woman.
‘Several people were trying to get to the lady and so were the construction workers. It was a hectic scene at the time.’
Police officers in Tower Hamlets were called at 9.38am to the incident and later confirmed that the woman’s relatives have been informed.
Bow Corner is a development of 19 one, two and three bedroom apartments. One beds start from £435,000, two beds from £545,000 and three beds from £650,000.
Paramedics took the woman to hospital with severe injuries after the incident in East London
A spokesman for developers Higgins Homes said it was aware of the incident. Local road closures were put in place while emergency services dealt with the events.
A Scotland Yard 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.’
Bow Corner in East London is a development of 19 one, two and three bedroom apartments
Police in Tower Hamlets were called after the woman was injured by falling debris today
A London Ambulance Service spokesman added: ‘We were called at 9:38am today to E14 to reports of an incident.
‘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.’