Police and paramedics outside the William Hill betting shop on Camden Road this evening
Published: 28 January, 2013
by ALICE HUTTON
POLICE have confirmed that a young man has died after appearing to be hit by the falling sign of a Camden Town betting shop.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was trapped underneath the front sign of William Hill in Camden Road shortly before 5pm.
Ambulance workers made "extensive efforts" to resuscitate the man, who had gone into cardiac arrest, before taking him as a priority to University College Hospital (UCH).
A Met Police spokesman told the New Journal: “It was around 4.55pm we were called to reports of a man injured on Camden Road. The ambulance service attended. That man, believed aged in his 20s, has been taken to central London hospital. He died there a short while later. At this early stage it appears the man received his injuries after being struck by a sign or board that has come away from a building. Officers from Camden are the on scene and inquiries continue."
A London Ambulance Service (LAS) spokeswoman added: “An ambulance crew who were close to the incident were on the scene very quickly with another medic in responder car.
“Extensive efforts were made to resuscitate him both at the scene and on way to hospital. He was taken to UCH as a priority on blue lights.”
Shopkeeper Fazle Elahi, who works opposite the scene of the accident, said: “The ambulance came really quickly. It looked like the William Hill sign had hit him. A woman at the scene was crying. He wasn't moving.”