Mayfair death crush horror testimony of man who pulled concrete off woman

08:07 31 August 2012

General view of death scene in Mayfair PIC: Arj Singh/PA Wire

General view of death scene in Mayfair PIC: Arj Singh/PA Wire

A man who rushed to help a woman crushed in the street by a concrete frame said he saw her “draw her last breath.”

The man, who did not want to be named, described the horrific incident.

“I heard this incredible loud bang. The guy next to me said: ‘What the hell is that?’, pointing.

“I turned round and the frame was on the ground and I was hoping it was a coat underneath, but then I saw an arm.”

He said it took five of his colleagues and around five more workers from the area to lift the concrete frame off the woman.

“I realised it was a person underneath so I phoned 999. The operator asked me to go closer to the victim so I got off the back of my wagon and went over.

“There was a woman who said she was a doctor who wanted to perform CPR and there was somebody giving her mouth-to-mouth.

“Her eyes were open and I saw her hand move and then I think I saw her last breath and then the light went out, she’d gone.”

The man said ambulance crews arrived around a minute or two later.

An air ambulance, two cycle responders, two ambulance crews and members of the hazardous area response team were sent and extensive efforts were made to resuscitate the woman, a London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.

The delivery worker who made the 999 call went on: “I knew what the result would be because even if she had survived - how do you recover from that?”

Visibly distressed, he added: “You’d have more chance of winning the lottery than that happening to you.

“She was in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A yellow and white police forensics tent, which a witness said was covering the woman’s body, was in place outside 5 Hanover Square.

The south-east corner of the square, in Mayfair, was cordoned off by police, and officials in blue overalls and hard hats could be seen taking photos and inspecting the area.

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