London‘s Tower Bridge was today closed in both directions as 15 firefighters rushed to rescue a man who fell ten foot down some stairs.
Emergency services were sent to the central London bridge after the man fell down some stairs at around 1pm – eventually having to be brought up three floors to ground level for treatment.
He sustained injuries to his back and head but they are not thought to be life-threatening and he was attended to by ambulance crews.
Firefighters are currently assisting the ambulance to rescue an injured member of the public from Tower Bridge (pictured)
Transport for London has said that Tower Bridge is closed in both directions (pictured, an image from the scene)
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said: ‘Firefighters rescued an injured man from Tower Bridge, City of London, after he fell ten foot down some stairs.
‘About 15 firefighters used specialist rope equipment to bring the man up three floors to ground level.
‘The man was then removed from the scene by London Ambulance Service.
‘The Brigade were called at 1.05pm and the incident was under control by 2.35pm. Firefighters from Dockhead attended the scene.
All of the roads on the bridge have now been reopened. London Ambulance Service confirmed they had been called to the scene.
A spokesman said: ‘We dispatched an incident response officer, an ambulance crew and our hazardous area response team (HART).
‘Crews treated a man for injuries to his back and head and took him to a major trauma centre.’
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade earlier said: ‘Firefighters are currently assisting ambulance to rescue an injured member of the public from Tower Bridge.
‘Road closures are in place in both directions of the bridge.’
Transport for London tweeted: ‘Tower Bridge is now closed in both directions.
‘Westbound traffic is slow along The Highway with queues approaching Glamis Road.
‘Tower Bridge Road is slow northbound with queues reaching the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout.’
A spokesperson for The City of London Police said: ‘Tower Bridge is closed to vehicles in both directions whilst we deal with an accident.’