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Last updated: 09/07/2020, 4:57 PM

Crane collapses onto house - Bow

08/07/2020 14:39
Tower Hamlets
Building collapse

Specialist firefighters have been involved in a multi-agency operation to safely recover the body of a woman who sadly died at the crane collapse at a construction site in Bow.

Firefighters worked alongside the Health and Safety Executive and Metropolitan Police Service and the body of the woman has now been safely removed from the property.

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

A construction worker remains in hospital in a critical condition.

The Brigade's Assistant Commissioner 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 1439 on Wednesday and crews remain at the scene this evening (Thursday). 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.