Woman Survives Four Ton LED Sign Falling On Her In London
A pedestrian in her thirties is ‘lucky to be alive’ after a 20ft wide digital billboard weighing four tonnes came crashing down on top of her just days after it was installed.
The woman, who is believed to have been walking to work while on her phone, was hit by the huge metal advertising hoarding after it broke free from a wall and fell 20ft during the early rush hour.
Witnesses in Tooting described hearing a ‘thunderous noise’ and buildings ‘shook’ as the sign pinned the woman’s body to the floor – but missed her head.
It came as pedestrians were urged to watch out after another sign fell on the same day, on the same street, with some blaming the ‘shudder’ from the initial
Last night shop hoarding crashed into the pavement just 20 yards from where after a four-tonne metal billboard smashed on to a pedestrian.
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Tragedy: A pedestrian in her thirties has been seriously injured after she was crushed by a falling digital billboard in Tooting, south London
Scene: The sign, measuring around 20ft by 10ft, was fixed to the wall above this charity shop and fell about 20ft downwards on to the woman
Drama: Witnesses in Tooting, south London, described hearing a ‘thunderous noise’ and buildings ‘shook’ as the sign pinned the woman’s body to the floor – but missed her head
Worrying: Just yards from where the billboard fell another shop hoarding dropped to the ground last night
One man, who lives nearby on Mitcham Road and did not want to be named, said he thought it was displaying a Sky advert.
He said: ‘They started to put it up on Sunday night and I remember them having to close the road off to do it’.
However, other residents of the South London street where it fell say it had not yet been switched on, adding they feared it was not correctly fitted.
Clear Channel, the advertising company that installed the board, is now investigating the 39 other digital signs that were rolled out towards the end of last year over concerns of their safety.
People ran across the street and from houses to comfort the woman as she lay trapped on the floor in the minutes before the emergency services arrived.
Bricks and cement also rained down on the seriously injured victim, who remained conscious throughout, and was then rushed to the nearby St George’s Hospital.