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May 16, 2016

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Crane collapses in central London

Image courtesy of James Trudgian

Image courtesy of James Trudgian

A crane has collapsed on a street in Central London, it has been reported.

Firefighters were called to Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia at about 12.30pm on Monday to reports of a crane in a ‘precarious position’, a spokesperson has said.

Photographs posted online appear to show the collapsed crane bent double on the rooftop.

Witnesses reported seeing the crane crash into the top of a building.

A woman who works nearby told reporters that dust filled the air after the crane hit the building.

“It was pretty dramatic,” she said. “All of a sudden there was this loud clang. It looks like a guy just escaped.

“He was on the ground just beneath where this large winch fell, but it seems to have been caught by some safety wires.

“Nothing actually fell to the ground.”

Charlotte Street has been closed off.

There are no reports of any injuries so far.

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