28 Jan 2015

Leicester street closed as scaffolding collapses

Two people have been injured when scaffolding collapsed in a Leicester city centre street.

The large tower of scaffolding hit a passing bus and van as it fell into Charles Street shortly after 11:30 GMT.

Two people are thought to have been taken to hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries have so far been reported. Police have closed off Charles Street between Humberstone Gate and Rutland Street. It is thought one of those injured, a woman, was caught trapped underneath the scaffolding.

Emergency services said two people had received minor injuries

Carl Wiles, from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, said it was "lucky" there were no major injuries.

"We believe the wind has probably caused it to collapse and pulled it across the pavement and road," he said,

"It is very lucky for the nature of how busy the street is and the amount of vehicles and pedestrians in the area."

An average of 1,000 serious injuries and 10 fatalities occur every year in the UK following accidents involving scaffolding. That's 19 major injuries every week.

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