Three people taken to hospital as stand collapses during Trooping the Color rehearsal
Three people were rushed to hospital yesterday after sections of the spectator stands collapsed during a rehearsal of Trooping the Color in central London.
A total of five people have been treated for injuries following the incident at Horse Guards Road on Saturday morning, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) said.
Dozens of people had turned out to watch the event, which is the Major General’s parade review ahead of the full June 2 event for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
But just before 11 a.m., one of the stands gave way, injuring three people, one of whom was taken to hospital.
Shortly after, part of another stand collapsed and two more people were injured. One of them was taken to hospital.
Emergency authorities assisted the injured and evacuated the grandstand before the parade was cut short and the entire area evacuated.
An Army spokesman said: ‘During the Major General’s review on Horse Guards Parade, two parts of the viewing stand unfortunately caved in resulting in a small number of injuries.
“Emergency services were called to assist the injured and others were safely removed from the stands.
“Safety is our number one priority and we are working urgently with our partners and relevant organizations to understand what happened and ensure it doesn’t happen again.”