Woman killed in Bow crane collapse

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Around 40 people have been evacuated from their homes after a 20-metre crane fell from a construction site and crashed into terraced houses in Compton Close, Bow

Sadly it has been confirmed that a woman has died following the crane collapse in Bow.

She was found on the first floor of one of the houses hit by the crane and confirmed dead at the scene.

The crane collapsed on the site where flats are being constructed and crashed onto two adjacent houses.

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

“Our Urban Search and Rescue crews undertook a complex rescue operation and used specialist equipment to search the properties.

“Sadly one woman died at the scene. The London Ambulance Service have confirmed that two people were taken to hospital with head injuries and a further two were treated at the scene.”

The Brigade was called at 14:39. Fire crews from Poplar, Millwall, Whitechapel, Stratford, and Shadwell attended the incident.

The Brigade deployed a drone to provide aerial imagery to aid with the rescue.

Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes yesterday (8 July) afternoon and will remain that way until it is deemed safe to return.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said around 40 people were asked to leave their homes.

Biggs stated that as people returned from work the number of residents affected could have increased.

Mayor John Biggs, said: “Extremely worried by crane collapse in Bow. Council teams are on site supporting emergency services and setting up a rest centre for affected residents in the area.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected. Priority is to ensure safety but need answers as to how this happened.”

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