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Helicopter Crash In London

Helicopter hits crane, crashes in Vauxhall, London

Helicopter hits crane, crashes in Vauxhall, London
Photo by Kurt Colbeck

Jan 16, 2013

LONDON, England - The emergency services are responding to reports of a helicopter crash in south London.

The London Fire Brigade said it had received multiple calls of a helicopter hitting a crane in Vauxhall.

According to BBC producer Paul Ferguson the helicopter "plummeted straight into the ground". People have reported seeing a pall of smoke in the area.

Police said they first received calls at 08:00 GMT and the London Ambulance Service said it was also at the scene.

Transport for London has confirmed there has been an incident.

Mr Ferguson added: "The building the helicopter hit is shrouded in mist."

He said the crane at the top of the building was now hanging down the side of the building.

Witnesses reported seeing debris on the ground.

At least four ambulances and many police cars were at the scene.

Wandsworth Road near Vauxhall station is closed, with apparent debris on the ground, and a crane at the top of a new high rise development appears to be damaged.

South West Trains has confirmed that its trains were halted by smoke from the helicopter crash in Vauxhall, south London. The train company said the services have now resumed.

Source: bbc.co.uk/itc.com/wires
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