Whitechapel Fire and medical crews join Vauxhall helicopter crash rescue

The fuel from the helicopter on fire. Picture: Nic Walker (@nic0)/Twitter

The fuel from the helicopter on fire. Picture: Nic Walker (@nic0)/Twitter - Credit: Archant

Fire and medical teams from east London have been involved at the scene of today’s helicopter crash Vauxhall in which two people have been killed.

A crew from Whitechapel fire-station was mobilised at 8.40am as part of a second wave of relief fire-fighters.

Crew manager James McPartland and three other firefighters joined crews already at the scene 40 minutes after the crash in which the helicopter ploughed in to a high crane next to a tower block under construction near Vauxhall Bridge.

The Ambulance Service sent its air-ambulance medical team based at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel to the scene by car, as well as a motorcycle responder, seven ambulances and a ‘hazardous area’ response team. The first ambulance arrived in under four minutes.

Two people have been confirmed dead at the scene. Ambulance crews have been treating several people for injuries—three have been taken to St Thomas’s Hospital and two, a man and a woman, to King’s College Hospital. Four were treated at the scene for shock.

Vauxhall main-line and Underground stations were both closed, but trains in and out of Waterloo and the Victoria Line continue running.

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