Firefighters Hospitalised After Canary Wharf Crash

Third Man Treated At The Scene


Two firefighters have been taken to hospital and another was injured after the fire engine they were travelling in crashed into a building in Canary Wharf.

The emergency vehicle was travelling towards what turned out to be a false alarm at Churchill Place on January 6th when it veered into a tower occupied by a financial firm.

Two firefighters were taken to Royal London Hospital following the incident - one with a leg injury and another with a hand injury. A third firefighter was treated at the scene.

"We were called at 2.17pm today to reports of a road traffic collision at Churchill Place in E14," said a spokesman for the London Ambulance Service.

"We sent an ambulance crew, a duty officer and the hazardous area response team to the scene."

The cause of the crash, in which no other vehicles were involved is now under investigation. An eyewitness told BBC News that it appeared the fire engine was turning a corner when the collision took place.

Expert Opinion
It is very worrying to see these reports emerge and it is vital that police work quickly with the fire service to fully investigate the events which led to this crash.

"While two people have been injured, the circumstances of the crash mean that a great number of others could potentially have been affected.

"Through our work on behalf of those injured in road traffic collisions, we have seen the significant long-term physical and psychological trauma that such incidents can cause. As a result, it is clear steps must be taken to assess what can be done to learn lessons from the incident."
Colin Ettinger, Partner