London Fire Brigade

Croydon– crane collapse

02 June 2007

Six fire engines, four fire rescue units, an urban search and rescue unit and around 55 firefighters attended the scene of a crane collapse on Addiscombe Grove in Croydon this afternoon.

Part of the the crane fell onto the roof of a hotel next door to the construction site where it was working. Around 140 people were evacuated from the hotel and other affected buildings in the surrounding area.

Firefighters using line rescue equipment released the crane driver who had been trapped inside the cab. The driver was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service suffering from serious injuries.

After securing the crane jib to the hotel roof, the Brigade’s line rescue teams safely lowered three other workers, who were trapped 45 metres up the tower of the crane, to ground level. They were uninjured but checked at the scene by ambulance crews.

The Brigade was called at 1422 and the incident was over at 2059. Fire crews from Croydon, Euston, Lewisham, Battersea, North Addington, Purley and West Norwood attended. The incident was left with the police and contractors.

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