December 5 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Seven people fell ill in Greenwich tunnel amid reports of an “unusual smell.”
The tunnel under the River Thames was shut by police when pedestrians reported breathing difficulties, last night.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 7pm, yesterday (Friday).
London Ambulance Service sent paramedics and its hazardous area response team.
Firefighters equipped with specialist equipment carried out a sweep of the area for any chemical spills.
A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said they had responded to reports of “patients taken unwell”.
He said: “We sent an ambulance crew, a cycle responder, a duty manager and our hazardous area response team.
“Our staff checked over seven patients at the scene who complained of breathing difficulties. All seven patients declined further treatment.”
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We carried out a sweep of the area with our detection, identification, and monitoring equipment.
“Once we established there were no elevated readings we left the scene.”
The tunnel is 1,217 feet long and runs about 50 feet under the River Thames.