A massive crane has tipped over onto a football pitch mid-match, narrowly avoiding players as it crashed to the ground.
The machinery crash-landed onto a pitch at sports centre, Goals, in East London, while players were enjoying an action-packed 5-a-side friendly.
A video captured the moment police and emergency services were called to the shocking incident in Chingford, which took place on October 5, shortly after 9:30pm.
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Witness Rubel Ali, 37, was playing a 5-a-side match with his mates at the time when he recalled hearing a huge bang.
“I heard a big bang and looked up,” said Rubel.
“It was about 9.30pm and we heard a loud noise.
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“People screamed. I looked over and literally saw the whole thing smash down.
“They didn’t let us get close but I’m not sure if anyone got hurt luckily.
“But the ambulance and fire brigade came.
“They cancelled our football games understandably and said they’ll refund us.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police has confirmed that the incident took place, and that the matter was now under investigation by the government agency, Health and Safety Executive.
HSE is responsible for the regulation and enforcement of workplace health, as well as safety and welfare, and research into occupational risks.
A rep for the agency, Jayne Phenton, has said that “HSE is aware of the incident.”
Rubel, a chartered accountant for Civil Service, is a regular at Goals in Chingford, often playing there every Tuesday between 9pm and 10pm.
He told MyLondon that he is still affected by the events, as the frightening memory is still extremely vivid.
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“I still think about it now to be honest” said Rubel.
“It’s incredible to think such a thing can happen in this modern day, surely they should be doing risk assessments and taking safety measures.”
Goals’ all-weather event centre boasts of a multi-pitch venue, that hosts both five and 7-a-side matches. Revellers are also treated to a stylish cafe, bar, live sports and decorative space for private events.
Although normally open 7-days a week until 11pm, Goals has remained closed to the public at the time of this article.
Goals have been approached for comment but are yet to respond.