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Woman dies as building falls on car

A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital after a building fell on a car.

The building collapsed on to the vehicle at 11.05pm yesterday opposite Holborn Tube station in central London, the Metropolitan Police said.

A spokesman said: "There were two occupants in the car and a woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A man was pulled from the car and was taken to hospital, where he is in a stable situation at the moment."

Paramedics and firefighters were also called to the scene and roads have been closed in the area, police said.

Photographs from ITV showed large chunks of masonry and debris strewn across the pavement.

The roof of the silver four-door car was badly crushed.

London Fire Brigade said the concrete fascia of the building collapsed on to the car, which was in Kingsway.

Around 20 firefighters helped with the rescue, freeing the trapped pair from the car.

A spokesman said: " Another woman travelling in the car managed to get out of the vehicle before the brigade arrived.

"Around 10 people were evacuated from nearby buildings as a precaution."

London Ambulance Service said it sent ambulance crews, rapid responders and a doctor and paramedic from London's air ambulance to the scene, the first of whom arrived within two minutes.

A spokesman said four people were injured, believed to be three in the car and one passer-by.

He said: "Sadly, despite extensive efforts to resuscitate her, a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A man reported to be in his mid-20s had suffered leg injuries and was treated and stabilised before being taken to the Royal London Hospital.

"Two other people, a woman and a man, were taken to University College Hospital with minor injuries."


From Belfast Telegraph