Incident on Wandsworth Rd – 1500

At 8am today (16 January 2013) we received a number of calls to reports of a helicopter crash on Wandsworth Road.
 
We sent a motorcycle responder, seven ambulance crews, our hazardous area response team, the air ambulance’s medical team in a car and four officers to the scene, with the first crew arriving in under four minutes.
 
Sadly two people were confirmed dead at the scene.
 
We treated five patients, four for minor injuries and one patient for a broken leg. Three of the patients were taken to St Thomas’ Hospital and two – a man and a woman in their 50s – were taken to King’s College Hospital.
 
Seven patients were treated at the scene for minor injuries and shock. 

Ambulance Operations Manager Pauline Cranmer said: “We would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the two people who sadly died today.

“The patients we treated had quite minor injuries, including cuts and bruises and minor burns, and a number of people were understandably quite shocked at what they’d seen.

“We worked closely with our colleagues from other emergency services to quickly establish what had happened and to ensure that no one else was put in any further danger.”

We have opened a reception centre to support members of the public who were affected by the accident and who may need our support and care.