32 injured – and death toll to rise, warn police
AT LEAST three people are believed to have died and more than 30 were injured after a police helicopter plunged on to the roof of a packed bar in Glasgow.
Rescuers said today they expect the death toll to rise as a search of the wrecked riverside pub continues – 32 casualties were taken to three hospitals in the city after heroic drinkers pulled others from the rubble of the Clutha music pub.Two police officers and a professional ‘copter pilot were believed to be aboard the Police Scotland aircraft.
A local ska band was playing at the moment of impact around 10.25pm last night. Some victims were thought to be trapped in the remains of the single-storey landmark building. The walking wounded — covered in dust — were led by rescuers to a nearby Holiday Inn to await paramedics.
One man who escaped the carnage said: “We all thought it was a cave in of the roof. It just fell in.
“I started pulling people out. I pulled about three or four out. No way everyone survived. My friend’s still up there giving people first aid. I was 20 feet away from being killed.”
The doomed police chopper plunged into the Clutha bar in Glasgow city centre as it was bustling with revellers watching local musicians Esperanza.
Eyewitness Claire Morris, who lives close to the pub on the banks of the Clyde, said last night: “There’s people getting wheeled into ambulances. They are pulling people out of the building.
“Everyone is shocked. There was people crying and screaming and I’m very shaken.”
Claire added: “We didn’t see it happen, but we heard the sounds. There doesn’t appear to be a fire from what I can see.
“There are no flames or fire. The pub is well-known and people used to say it was Billy Connolly’s local.”
Labour’s international development spokesman Jim Murphy, who was in the pub at the time, tweeted: “It’s a horrible horrible scene, but well done to the folk who were here. Everyone formed a chain from inside the pub to outside, and the fire brigade and everyone were here very quickly.
“I’m not injured, but a lot of people were. It is definitely a helicopter. The landlord said some of his customers were still inside. It looks like multiple injuries throughout the Glasgow Friday night revellers.