5 Persons Feared Dead In Wall Collapse At Birmingham Recycling Site

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Five die in wall collapse at Birmingham recycling site

Five persons have been confirmed dead after a wall collapsed at a recycling site in Nechells, Birmingham on Thursday morning.

Confirming the incident, a spokesman for West Midlands Police said emergency services were called to Hawkeswood Metal in the Nechells area.

This was shortly before 09:00 BST on Thursday to attend to the men but they were pronounced dead.

Scene of the Accident in Nechells. Picture from Peter Corns
Scene of the Accident in Nechells. Photo credit: Peter Corns

The collapsed wall was said to be an eight-metre high concrete wall with five person declared dead by a doctor at the scene.

There was a sixth person who was partially trapped by concrete but managed to free himself.

The men killed were working next to a “large concrete structure containing metal” when it collapsed, said the fire service.

A specialist team of firefighters is on scene with heavy lifting gear and cutting equipment to recover their bodies.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gary Taylor said it was a “devastating incident for everyone involved”.

Also speaking, the Detective Superintendent Mark Payne, from Force CID, said:

“We are still in the very early stages of this investigation to determine exactly what happened this morning.

“Sadly five people have lost their lives and we have several teams of specialist officers supporting their families at this time.

“This has been a very traumatic incident for those who were at the site this morning and we will continue to work alongside the HSE and the other emergency services at the scene.”



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