TOWER Bridge has been shut down after a man fell 10ft down a flight of stairs at the iconic landmark in London, England.
A spokesman for London Ambulance Service revealed that emergency services were called to Tower Bridge around 12.20pm this afternoon (November 24).
An incident response officer, an ambulance crew and a hazardous area response team (HART) rushed to the scene, where “crews treated a man for injuries to his back and head, where he was then taken to a major trauma centre.”
London Fire Brigade confirmed that it took more than an hour to rescue the man. They said in a statement that “firefighters rescued an injured man from Tower Bridge, City of London, after he fell ten foot down some stairs.” They also report that “about 15 firefighters used specialist rope equipment to bring the man up three floors to ground level.”
The City of London Police urged drivers to stay away from the area and to use alternative routes while officers dealt with the incident. London Fire Brigade also reported that road closures were in place in both directions as they assisted the police and ambulance services with the injured man.
Transport for London warned travellers in a statement on social media that “Tower Bridge Road is slow northbound with queues reaching the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout.”
We at Euro Weekly News understand that footage from the scene showed a number of emergency vehicles on the bridge during the rapid emergency response.