- MemberFebruary 21, 2020 at 10:51 pm
TWO women have been rushed to hospital after a Marks & Spencer sign fell on them in Glasgow city centre.
Police arrived and taped off a large area of Argyle Street with ambulance crews also in attendance.
They confirmed two pedestrians were struck by the falling signage and both have been taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment.
An eyewitness reported one of the women was seen getting in the back of an ambulance with a head injury.
Kenneth McDowall, 50, saw the ordeal unfold as he was walking past the M&S store.
He told The Scottish Sun: "The M&S sign fell off and struck a woman.
"There was a bit of a panic.
"People from M&S actually came out with a first aid kit and a lot of people came to help."
Kenny, from Glasgow, added: "She was not saying anything. But it turns out she was really bad.
"There was blood on her head. There was another woman involved as well.
"It’s a lot to take in. "
The Health and Safety Exec has been made aware of the freak incident.
A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called at 3pm on Friday 21 February 2020, after two female pedestrians were struck by signage that appears to have fallen from a storefront on Argyle Street near to Glassford Street, Glasgow (M&S).
"Both ladies have been taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary as a precaution. No details on injuries. Health & Safety Exec informed."
An ambulance spokesperson said: “We received a call at 14:55 hours today to attend an incident on Argyll Street in Glasgow.
"We dispatched one ambulance crew to the scene.”
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were alerted at 2.58pm on Friday, February 21 to reports of debris falling from a building on Argyle Street, Glasgow.
"Operations Control mobilised one fire appliance and an aerial appliance and crews are working to make the area safe."
An M&S spokesperson said: “Extreme weather caused an incident outside our Glasgow Argyle Street store this afternoon.
"We’re grateful to the emergency services for responding so efficiently. Our engineers have ensured the surrounding area is safe and our store remains open.”
- MemberFebruary 21, 2020 at 11:15 pm
That would be awkward.
I hope they are okay.
- MemberFebruary 23, 2020 at 2:47 am
That is a very busy street, lucky only 2 people involved!
I imagine the blame will be down to the horrendous weather we are experiencing just now, as I have been seeing signs and trees down all over the place over the past few days. A big projecting sign like that Marks & Spencers one must take a hell of a battering due to the wind load on it.
- MemberFebruary 23, 2020 at 11:38 am
I dare say that enormous sign looks a bit ambitious for today’s changing climate c:
I would have painted it on the wall.
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