Crane Collapses Onto Two Houses Crushing Man Underneath

A 20-meter crane has collapsed on two houses in London, injuring four people.

Video footage from the scene showed the wreckage of the 20-foot crane collapsed at a building site in Gale Street, East London, this afternoon.

The London Fire Brigade who are at the scene tweeted: "We've taken fourteen 999 calls to reports of a crane that has collapsed onto a building in Gale Street, #Bow. More updates when we have them but please avoid the area."

In a later update the fire brigade said that it was carrying out a complex search and rescue operation.

Assistant Commissioner at the London Fire Brigade, Graham Ellis, said: "A 20 meter crane has collapsed onto a block of flats under development and into two terraced houses on Compton Close.

"Our Urban Search and Rescue crews are undertaking a complex rescue operation and using specialist equipment to search the properties.

"This is a multi-agency response and is likely to be a protracted incident. I would ask people to avoid the area."

Describing the scene, Twitter user Bridget Teirney, who posted a video clip online of the collapsed crane, said: "Crane behind my building just collapsed in Bow, London. At least one man crushed, crane went through two houses."

She later said that the crane driver has made it down safely, with one man who was trapped under the cane being assisted by fire and ambulance services.

Police have closed off nearby roads and motorists are being told to avoid the area.

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The London Ambulance Service has confirmed that it is attending the scene.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police Service said: "At approximately 14:39hrs on Wednesday, 8 July, police were called to Gale Street, E3 to a report of a crane that has collapsed into a residential property and a building site.

"Officers are on scene. We have received reports of four people suffering injuries at this time.

"Road closures are in place and police are assisting the local authority."

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, tweeted: "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."

The London Fire Brigade says it is continuing to search houses affected by the crane collapse, with reports that one person is still unaccounted for.

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