Leicester

Leicester street closed as scaffolding collapses

Charles Street, Leicester Image copyright Lloyd Phillips
Image caption Emergency services said two people had received minor injuries

Two women were injured when scaffolding collapsed, leaving one of them trapped, in a Leicester street.

The large tower of scaffolding hit a passing bus and van as it fell into Charles Street shortly after 11:30 GMT.

The women are thought to have been taken to hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries have so far been reported.

A fire officer told the BBC the scaffolding had landed either side of the woman who was trapped.

Police closed Charles Street between Humberstone Gate and Rutland Street.

Image caption The scaffolding collapsed into the street shortly after 11:30 GMT

Carl Wiles, from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, said it was "lucky" no-one was seriously injured

"We believe the wind has probably caused it to collapse and pulled it across the pavement and road," he said,

"It is very lucky for the nature of how busy the street is and the amount of vehicles and pedestrians in the area."

Ady Culpin, from First Bus, said the bus was empty at the time and the driver had escaped without injury, but was left "shaken".

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