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65 foot London crane collapse leaves one person dead as houses crushed

PortandTerminal.com, July 8, 2020

LONDON – A woman is confirmed to have died and a least four were injured when a 65-foot crane collapsed onto an apartment block in London, England on Wednesday.

The woman found on the first floor of one of the houses and died at the scene. Four others were injured, including two people taken to hospital for head injuries.

“A 20 meter crane [65 feet] has collapsed onto a block of flats under development and into two terraced houses on Compton Close,” London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis said earlier in a statement. “Our Urban Search and Rescue crews are undertaking a complex rescue operation and using specialist equipment to search the properties.”

Aerial footage from the site shows the crane laying across an apartment block, with a section of the crane having smashed through the roof of an adjacent house.

A man working on a nearby construction site told PA Media that he had seen the crane being erected yesterday.

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