A crane collapsed onto houses in London on Wednesday afternoon and June Harvey, an 85-year-old woman died in this tragic incident.
The woman was found on the first floor of one home after the 20m (65ft) crane crashed her down in Compton Close, Bow.
Sam Atkinson, 28, her great-nephew, who lived with his Harvey, along with his mother, Jaqueline Atkinson, 63 said that the family were “extremely traumatised” by this tragic incident.
The 28-year-old described Harvey as a “very caring woman” who was “loyal to her family”.Mr Atkinson said that the sound was extremely loud that he initially thought that an aircraft had crashed into the buildings.
He said: “We are devastated by our loss.“The last thing you ever think is going to happen is a crane coming through your roof. It’s extremely traumatising.”
Another woman who lives in the area said that the collapse sounded “like an earthquake”.
“I came out of the bathroom, and if I had come out a second later, the attic door which is above could have fallen on me and that would have knocked me out. The way everything fell – if my brother or sister had been in their rooms, which is where it hit directly – I just cannot bear to think about it.”
Firefighters, the health and safety executive and the Metropolitan police are working together in order to recover the body of Harvey from the rubble. Officers said that formal identification awaits and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
Graham Ellis, the London fire brigade (LFB) commissioner said: “Our Urban Search and Rescue crews undertook a complex rescue operation and used specialist equipment to search the properties.
“Sadly one woman died at the scene. The London ambulance service has confirmed that two people were taken to hospital with head injuries and a further two were treated at the scene.”
It was also reported that a construction worker also sustained serious injuries and remains in hospital in critical condition following this tragic incident.