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VIDEO CAPTURES WOMEN INJURED BY SCAFFOLD POLE

Man arrested by Police after pole falls from height on City street

The Evening Standard has reported that two women pedestrians have suffered serious head injuries after a scaffold pole struck them as they walked on a City of London street.

The women, both said to be aged in their 50s, were taken to hospital with head injuries after being hit by the falling object on Eldon Street just before midday on 20 January 2015

Witnesses told of the standard that they saw the women being struck by the pole which “catapulted to the floor towards the opposite side of the street”.

Witness Michael Jarman said:

“The two ladies on the floor seemed to be in a lot of pain. There was a fair bit of metal all around them that from what looked like it had fallen from the scaffolding above. There were a lot of people at the scene attending to the two ladies.

One lady was sitting up right with a lot of blood around her face while the other lady was lying on the ground. She seemed in a lot of pain. Ambulance and police were quick to the scene but I had to leave, it made my stomach turn. It was mayhem.”

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said:

“We were called at 11.47 to reports of an incident in Eldon Street, EC2. We sent a number of resources to the scene, including an advanced paramedic and a medical team from London’s Air Ambulance by car to the scene. We treated two women, reported to be in their 50s, for head injuries. They were taken to the Royal London Hospital as a priority”.

A City of London Police spokesman said a man is reported to have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and is being held in custody at a local police station. Police said they were investigating whether the man they arrested was working on the scaffolding at the time.

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