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INCIDENT: SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE INJURES TWO

Two passers-by injured after collapse in Leicester city centre

The Leicester Mercury has reported that a scaffold structure fell from a row of shops in Church Street Leicseter trapping a passer-by who is believed to be a woman in her 60s.

A van was also trapped beneath the scaffold and a passing bus was struck by the structure.

A eye-witness told the Leicester Mercury:

“I was in the office and heard a massive gust of wind. I stood up, looked out of the window and the scaffolding was coming down. I ran across the road and a lady was underneath. She was on the floor on her knees. We pulled seven planks of wood out, enabling someone to get in to make sure she was okay.”

An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

“We received a call reporting that scaffolding had fallen on a lady. First on the scene was a fast response vehicle which arrived four minutes after the call. Back up from a double crewed ambulance was requested and two patients were taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary.”

The scaffolding is reported to have been erected by local firm Emperor Scaffolding who helped the emergency services with the clear-up operation.

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