Helicopter crashes into crane in Vauxhall - video

A helicopter appears to have hit a crane and crashed near a tower block in Vauxhall

LAST UPDATED AT 08:57 ON Wed 16 Jan 2013

TWO PEOPLE died at the scene and at least two people were injured when a helicopter hit a crane in Vauxhall, South London this morning, exploding near the base of a tower block.

The London Evening Standard says "flames and plumes of smoke" can be seen rising from the ground near the tower block which is on Wandsworth Road. Traffic is at a standstill in the Vauxhall and Nine Elms area, the paper says. People are being evacuated from buildings surrounding the crash site.

The accident occurred during the London rush hour. ITV says two cars are also involved in the accident and 22 "fire and rescue" units are attending.

In a statement, the Metropolitan police said: "We were alerted at approximately 8am this morning regarding an incident at Wandsworth road SW8," police said in a statement. "At this early stage it appears a helicopter was in collision with a crane on top of the building. It is too early at this stage to confirm any casualties."

Police said there was nothing to indicate the incident was an act of terrorism.

An eyewitness told Sky News the crash looked like "a massive ball of flame."

A caption attached to a video (below) of the crash scene says: "I took a guy down to check the car was empty. We couldn't see anyone inside, but there were explosions and a lot of fire so we had to pull back."

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