Woman dies after crane collapses on houses in London

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A woman has died after a 20-metre crane collapsed on houses in east London.

The woman was found on the first floor of one of the properties that was damaged after the crane came down in Bow, London Fire Brigade said.

Two people are in hospital with head injuries while two others were treated by paramedics at the scene on Wednesday afternoon.

The crane collapsed in Bow, east London. Pic: Bridget Teirney
Image: The crane collapsed in Bow, east London. Pic: Bridget Teirney

The crane fell on two terraced houses and a block of flats under development.

Motiur Rahman told Sky News: “The whole roof of my house is gone. It’s all twisted. I’ve had quite a shock.

Crane collapses in Bow
Crane falls on London homes

“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.”

A woman, who did not give her name, said her home was also one of those damaged, adding: “I came out of the bathroom and if I had come out a second later, the attic door, which is above, could have fallen on me and that would have knocked me out.

“The way that everything fell – if my brother or sister had been in their rooms, which is where it hit directly, I just cannot bear to think about it.”

A collapsed crane is seen near a construction site in Bow, east London, Britain, July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Image: The crane hit two houses and a block of flats under development

A collapsed crane is seen near a construction site in Bow, east London, Britain, July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Image: Four people were injured, including two taken to hospital

“My dad was walking back into the house to tell everyone ‘move, there is a crane coming down’.

“If anyone had been inside the two rooms there, they would have been completely crushed.”

She said there was “rubble and stuff” in the doorway and “smoke and just bits and bobs around”.

“I am not sure how I managed to run downstairs because there was stuff everywhere.

“All the smoke alarms were going off.”

“It sounded to me like an earthquake or almost like a stone that someone had chucked into our home.

“We are all just so lucky to be alive – that is all I can really say.”

Members of London Fire Brigade assess the damage to a property in Bow, east London on July 8, 2020, after a crane collapsed onto flats under construction, and terraced houses. - London Fire Brigade (LFB) said on Wednesday that a construction crane had collapsed onto a block of flats under development and into two terraced houses in the Bow district of east London, injuring four and leaving one person missing
Image: London Fire Brigade members were at the scene after the crane collapsed

The crane was being used by Swan Housing Association and NU living.

A spokeswoman said: “Swan Housing Association/NU living is aware of an incident that occurred at our Watts Grove development site in Tower Hamlets, east London, this afternoon.

“A full incident response has been implemented and our staff are on site supporting the emergency services in their response.”

Unite national officer Jerry Swain called for “an urgent, full and complete investigation into the circumstances that led to this accident”.

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