Thursday 23 November 2017

Video: Dramatic moments when wall collapsed killing pedestrians

TWO pedestrians killed when a wall collapsed in a busy Melbourne street are believed to be teenagers who police say were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The young man and woman were killed when a wall on a vacant construction site fell onto a footpath on Swanston Street earlier this week.

Another woman, believed to be 19, was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in what police have described as a serious, life-threatening condition.

Witnesses say passers-by desperately dug through the rubble to try to help the people trapped underneath.

“I just frantically ran across and started digging because I could see their head and half their torso out, so I was frantically taking the bricks off her,” Martin Setka said.

“The whole wall just gave way.”

Jonathan Lian was sitting in a cafe opposite the building site when the wall collapsed and came out to see people running towards the wall.

“It was really bad. It was like a war zone.

“There was dust everywhere and they were trying to dig people out. It was like chaos,” he said.

Inspector Ian Lindsay said they had not yet confirmed the identity of the people killed by the wall.

“It appears they've just been pedestrians in the wrong place at the wrong time when the wall has collapsed,” he said.

Inspector Lindsay said it appeared strong wind gusts caused the wall to fall but this would be the subject of an investigation by Victoria Police and WorkSafe.

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