Arc crane collapse: one dead and four injured in crane collapse

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Media captionA 20-meter (65-foot) crane has crashed on a property in Gale Street, Bow

One person died and four were injured after a crane collapsed in houses and a building under construction in London.

The 20-meter (65-foot) crane crashed on the development and two terraced houses at Compton Close, Bow, just before 2:40 p.m. BST.

Despite the treatment, one person died on the scene. Four other people were injured, including two hospitalized for head injuries.

A police blockade remains in place.

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A witness described “feeling the ground shake” when the crane collapsed


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Securing the properties will be a “complex rescue operation,” said the London Fire Brigade.


A witness described “feeling the ground shake” when the crane collapsed at Watt’s Grove.

DJ Munro, who lives nearby, says he heard “the metal of the crane crashing into the scaffolding and then the wood crashing into the house”.

A video posted on social networks shows a terraced house with part of the roof collapsed.

Eyewitness Bridget Teirney said she believed the operator of the crane had safely escaped.

The London Ambulance Service tweeted that there were “a number of crews and specialized resources” on the scene.

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Two people were treated at the hospital and two others were treated at the scene


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The crane also crashed into a building under development


LFB Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis said that securing the house would be a “complex rescue operation”.

Ellis said, “Our urban search and rescue teams are undertaking a complex rescue operation and are using specialized equipment to search the properties. ”

The firefighters “deployed a drone to provide aerial images to assist in the rescue.”

The crane that collapsed was used by the Swan Housing Association and NU living at the time.

A spokesperson for the Swan Housing Association and NU living said she was “aware of an incident at our Watts Grove development site in Tower Hamlets, East London, this afternoon ”

“A complete response to the incidents has been implemented and our staff are on site to support the emergency services in their response. “

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