WALTHAMSTOW: Building collapses on busy street

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The scene at the building collapse in Wood Street The scene at the building collapse in Wood Street

PART of a building collapsed onto a busy street during rush hour.

Debris was scattered across the pavement and road, narrowly avoiding commuters and children making their way to school just before 8.30am today (Tuesday).

The collapsed wall was above a halal butcher which is part of a parade of shops on the corner of Woodlands Road and Wood Street in Walthamstow.

An ambulance crew was the first to arrive at the scene, but fortunately no one was injured.

Police cordoned off the road while fire fighters made the scene safe.

Wood Street has one lane closed between Woodland Road and Corbett Road while the remaining part of the unstable parapet wall is pulled down.

Rebecca Kattirtzis, 52, a book keeper at NRM Accountants opposite the butchers was just standing just yards from the wall before it collapsed and said she was very shaken by the incident.

She said: “I was standing outside the shop across the road getting ready to cross the road and it just came down really quickly.

“It could easily have been a disaster.

"I think god was waiting for the children to pass because there were so many people around at that time. I feel so lucky today and feel that god must have been looking after me.

“There was another man who it narrowly missed and he was very shocked. It’s unbelievable.”

Chris Clark, shop manager of T&T Timber Merchants said he was in his shop across the road when he heard a loud bang.

He said: “We felt it shudder on the floor. I went outside and people were still trying to walk underneath it, so we taped it off before the police arrived.

“It was just before school and kids were coming down the road so thank god it didn’t happen any later.”

Another shop keeper added: “It fell and just missed a couple of kids. The kids had just got outside the medical centre nearby. It could have been a nightmare.”

Wood Street Medical Centre is closed as are the rest of the shops in the parade.

There are traffic delays in Forest Road while Wood Street remains closed.

The reason for the collapse is under investigation.

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10:10am Tue 19 May 09

ferdy55 says...

I'm confused.

Why does the trsffic news say Forest Road is closed & the traffic is back to Woodford New Road?

Woodlands Road is the 2nd road on the left in Wood Street coming in from Forest Road. How does this affect Forest Road itsself??
I'm confused. Why does the trsffic news say Forest Road is closed & the traffic is back to Woodford New Road? Woodlands Road is the 2nd road on the left in Wood Street coming in from Forest Road. How does this affect Forest Road itsself?? ferdy55

10:51am Tue 19 May 09

Huw Myles says...

They must not leave any bricks unturned to establish what caused this.
They must not leave any bricks unturned to establish what caused this. Huw Myles

11:00am Tue 19 May 09

ferdy55 says...

This update to the article answered my question! :--)
This update to the article answered my question! :--) ferdy55

11:10am Tue 19 May 09

Huw Myles says...

Another business gone to the wall and collapsed.
Another business gone to the wall and collapsed. Huw Myles

11:26am Tue 19 May 09

KTC says...

It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious!
It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious! KTC

11:31am Tue 19 May 09

Huw Myles says...

KTC wrote:
It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious!
Yes it could have been but thank God it was not so lighten up a bit. Nobody would have joked if there was injury.
[quote][p][bold]KTC[/bold] wrote: It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious! [/p][/quote]Yes it could have been but thank God it was not so lighten up a bit. Nobody would have joked if there was injury. Huw Myles

11:33am Tue 19 May 09

KTC says...

Huw Myles wrote:
KTC wrote: It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious!
Yes it could have been but thank God it was not so lighten up a bit. Nobody would have joked if there was injury.
I beg to differ on that. In my experience people would still have done the same if there was to have been a tragedy.
[quote][p][bold]Huw Myles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KTC[/bold] wrote: It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious! [/p][/quote]Yes it could have been but thank God it was not so lighten up a bit. Nobody would have joked if there was injury. [/p][/quote]I beg to differ on that. In my experience people would still have done the same if there was to have been a tragedy. KTC

11:44am Tue 19 May 09

Huw Myles says...

KTC wrote:
Huw Myles wrote:
KTC wrote: It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious!
Yes it could have been but thank God it was not so lighten up a bit. Nobody would have joked if there was injury.
I beg to differ on that. In my experience people would still have done the same if there was to have been a tragedy.
Well it has not happened here! Are you a mind reader?
[quote][p][bold]KTC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huw Myles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KTC[/bold] wrote: It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious! [/p][/quote]Yes it could have been but thank God it was not so lighten up a bit. Nobody would have joked if there was injury. [/p][/quote]I beg to differ on that. In my experience people would still have done the same if there was to have been a tragedy.[/p][/quote]Well it has not happened here! Are you a mind reader? Huw Myles

11:48am Tue 19 May 09

ferdy55 says...

KTC wrote:
It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious!
Hope that 'you people' didnt include my post? Or I assume you didnt mean to put the word you in the sentence.

Mine was a proper question before they updated the story.

All you have to do is click on 'Report this post' anyway.
[quote][p][bold]KTC[/bold] wrote: It amazes me that you people can make a joke about something that could have been very serious! [/p][/quote]Hope that 'you people' didnt include my post? Or I assume you didnt mean to put the word you in the sentence. Mine was a proper question before they updated the story. All you have to do is click on 'Report this post' anyway. ferdy55

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