Two people were killed after a helicopter crashed into a construction crane and fell to the street in Central London this morning. The accident happened around 8:00 a.m. local time, near the Vauxhall Underground station, just south of the River Thames, near the New Covenant Garden and large Flower Market. The area is heavily trafficked during morning rush hour, but has been mostly cordoned off as rescurers and firefighters work to bring the scene under control.
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Witnesses and police say it appears that helicopter struck the crane on top of St. George's Wharf Tower, a 52-story skyscraper currently under construction. There was heavy fog in London this morning, which likely contributed to the accident. The copter then fell to the street, where it landed on several parked cars, igniting a large fire. The crane was also damaged, but appears to be still attached to the building, according to the BBC.
At least nine other people were sent to local hospitals, though it's unclear if any of the were in the helicopter or on the ground.