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Crane driver dies at Olympic site

A crane driver has died at the Olympic Village site today, emergency services said.

Police said that the man, who was believed to be in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was found slumped in the stairwell exit from his crane, at the site in Stratford, east London.

An Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) spokeswoman said it was unclear whether the death was due to an accident or a medical condition.

The ODA spokeswoman said: "There was a death on the Olympic Village site (on Tuesday) afternoon. This incident is still being investigated.

"At this early stage it cannot be confirmed as to whether this incident was due to a medical condition or was accident-related.

"The sympathies of everyone at the ODA and its contractors are with this individual's family and friends at this very difficult time."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "At about 2.40pm (on Tuesday), officers became aware of a medical response to an incident at the athletes' village. A man believed to be in his 60s was pronounced dead at the scene."

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: "We were called just after 2.30pm to Leyton Road, Stratford, and a man in a crane was in cardiac arrest and had stopped breathing. We sent three ambulance crews, a single responder in a car, and a doctor from the air ambulance, who went in a car. Sadly the patient was pronounced dead by the doctor."

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said: "HSE is aware of the incident, and will be sending inspectors to the site to assist the police in the investigation."

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