Baby Seriously Injured by Falling Lamp Post

Horrific accident outside Chiswick Town Hall

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An horrific incident outside Chiswick Town Hall this morning has left a small boy fighting for his life after a lamp post fell onto his buggy.

An air ambulance was called to the scene and took the baby to Royal College Hospital with what Police described as 'life threatening injuries'. The latest update is that the one year old child is in a critical but stable condition.

A 62 year old woman, who was also struck by the lamp post, was taken to Charing Cross Hospital in an ambulance suffering back injuries. These are described as 'not life-changing.' She was not looking after the baby at the time of the incident. The child's carer was not hurt by the falling lamp post.

Next of kin of the child have been informed.

A spokesperson for Hounslow Council told, “The council is carrying out the improvement programme. We have been waiting for Virgin Media’s contractors to move cabling in order to facilitate the works. No contractors were on site at the time of the incident.

“This is an awful tragedy and our heartfelt sympathies go out to the injured and all their families. The council is cooperating fully with the Police and Health & Safety Executive investigations."

chiswick town hall incidentThe work being done related to a scheme to improve bus journey times in the area.

The Council spokesperson said, "The Turnham Green traffic and transport improvement scheme was designed to provide faster journeys for bus passengers by re-routing some services away from Sutton Lane North.

"It involves changing several bus routes and improving the road network as well as providing improved pedestrians crossing facilities across Chiswick High Road, Sutton Lane North and Sutton Court Road, together with footway improvements at a number of locations around the Green."

Road closures are currently in place.

February 23, 2010