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Tragedy struck in London after a helicopter crashed into a crane. The accident happened in central London and so far the death toll is at two. The pilot and someone on the ground were killed in the crash and 13 others are injured. There were around 90 police officers on the site dealing with the aftermath of the incident. They were able to manage the fire in about 25 minutes. One man was fortunate enough to be saved from his burning car by firefighters, but how did this all happen?
“Vauxhall bus station is always busy. It’s a hub where people can connect with the Underground and rail services. Helicopters flying along the river are a common sight.
This morning the rush hour was confused as well as crowded. In the aftermath of the crash, bus and other traffic had been held back on the Wandsworth Road.
It wasn’t long before there were tailbacks. The journey wasn’t any easier on foot. Pedestrians were directed away from the main road and pavements running along the Nine Elms Sainsbury’s supermarket and on to side streets.
By the time I arrived at Vauxhall bus station the police were starting to tape off many of the approach roads as well. You could still smell the smoke and it was difficult to see the top of the tower and the damaged crane.
Commuters mingled with large groups of construction workers – the crowd took time to move despite the efforts of police community support officers and bus station staff.
Met Commander Neil Basu told BBC News it was “miraculous” the crash was not much worse.
The BBC weather centre said weather observations at the time of the crash showed very low cloud but not thick fog. The nearest observation site was London City Airport which at 08:00 reported 700m visibility with broken cloud at a height of 100ft.”
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