Nine injured after boat crashes into Tower Bridge

By Rob Virtue on June 4, 2014 4:42 PM |

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A woman was left with serious injuries and another eight needed medical treatment after a City Cruises boat collided with Tower Bridge.

The accident happened at about midday and left the 64-year-old victim with head and pelvic injuries.

The vessel, Millennium Diamond, was travelling from Greenwich Pier and had 130 people on board when it hit the bridge.

It headed to the nearby St Katharine Docks where those injured were assessed.

A statement from the Bermondsey-based boat tour company said: "City Cruises reacted quickly and continues to work with the authorities for the safety and welfare of its passengers. The vessel's 126 passengers and four crew have been disembarked at St Katharine Docks where the river authorities are currently in attendance.

"There have been a number of injuries reported, including crew who were immediately assessed and are being transferred to local hospitals."

A London Ambulance spokeswoman said: "A 64-year-old woman was treated for pelvic and head injuries and taken as a priority to the major trauma centre at the Royal London Hospital."

She added four women were treated for minor injuries and also taken to Royal London in Whitechapel, while a man and a girl were treated for minor injuries and made their own way to hospital.

Two other women were checked by paramedics at the scene but did not require further treatment.

The Met Police's marine unit also attended the scene. Tower Bridge remained open to traffic throughout the incident.