Huge scaffolding collapse at building site injures at least two

Huge scaffolding collapse at building site injures at least two people as firefighters search rubble for more casualties

  • Two people have been injured after a scaffolding collapse at building in Reading 
  • Witness said there was ‘lots of shouting and running away after a sudden crash’
  • Scaffolding was said to have collapsed from Greyfriars House, Greyfriars Road
  • Ambulance service say reports indicate people may have been buried by rubble 
  • **Did you witness the incident? Email henry.martin@mailonline.co.uk** 

Three people have been injured and more are feared buried beneath rubble after scaffolding collapsed outside a building in Reading today.

A building site worker sustained a head injury, and a male and female couple who were passing by at the time of the collapse, at Greyfriars Road at about 11.15am, were also hurt following the incident.

The man suffered chest pains and shock, while the woman sustained an ankle injury, but more are feared injured as emergency services continue to scour the rubble following reports that one or two people may be ‘buried by the collapsed structure’.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said they received multiple 999 calls saying scaffolding had collapsed from the front of Greyfriars House.

The SCAS spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Our staff are currently assessing two patients – one with chest pains and one with a head injury – and the Fire Service are using their thermal imaging equipment to search the collapsed scaffolding.’

One witness said there was 'lots of shouting and running away after a sudden crash' after the incident, which unfolded at Greyfriars Road about 11.30am

South Central Ambulance received multiple 999 calls saying that scaffolding had collapsed from Greyfriars House, Greyfriars Road, Reading

One witness said there was ‘lots of shouting and running away after a sudden crash’ after the incident, which unfolded at Greyfriars Road about 11.30am

South Central Ambulance service said they were treating two patients for 'non-life-threatening injuries'

South Central Ambulance service said they were treating two patients for ‘non-life-threatening injuries’

The spokesman also said: ‘We currently have a paramedic team leader in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance at the scene and our Hazardous Area Response Team are en route along with a further two ambulances.’

The service currently have a paramedic team leader in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance at the scene with a Hazardous Area Response Team en route along with a further two ambulances.

One witness said there was ‘lots of shouting and running away after a sudden crash’ after the incident.

An Immigration Enforcement van was pictured at the scene of the collapse.

The Home Office have been contacted for comment.

Thames Valley Police Reading tweeted: ‘We are currently at the scene of a scaffold collapse in Garrards Street, Reading.

Pictured: Emergency personnel at the scene of collapsed scaffolding in Garrards Street, Reading

Pictured: Emergency personnel at the scene of collapsed scaffolding in Garrards Street, Reading

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said they received multiple 999 calls saying scaffolding had collapsed from the front of Greyfriars House, with some saying two people had been 'buried by the collapsed structure'

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said they received multiple 999 calls saying scaffolding had collapsed from the front of Greyfriars House, with some saying two people had been ‘buried by the collapsed structure’

‘Garrards Street is closed in both directions. Greyfriars Road is also congested. Please avoid the area if possible.

‘Two people are being treated for injuries on the scene.’

Police closed the NCP car park white fire and ambulance service crews continue to work in the area.

There are ‘no concerns as to the structure of the car park, but members of the public will not be able to access their vehicles until further notice’, police said.

A spokesperson for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We are currently responding to an incident involving a collapsed structure on Garrard Street, Reading.

‘Five RBFRS crews are currently on scene. Garrard Street is currently closed while this incident is ongoing, so please avoid the area if possible.’

Road closures are currently in place, and emergency services advised avoiding the area.

More to follow…

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