Man critically ill after being hit by telegraph pole 'knocked down in high winds'
A man is critically ill in hospital after being struck by a telegraph pole as he walked along a south London street.
The 27-year-old was walking alone in Spanish Road, Wandsworth at 7pm yesterday when he was hit by the wooden pole. It is thought to have been knocked down by high winds.
The man is in hospital after suffering serious head injuries.
One resident who witnessed the accident but did not want to be named told the London Evening Standard: "I saw the pole falling forwards and a person being struck by the pole.
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"I think he was in a very bad way, but the ambulance came very quickly."
A London Ambulance spokeswoman told the newspaper: "We sent two ambulance crews and a single responder in a car to the scene. The first of our crew arrived in just over three minutes.
"Our staff treated one patient, who was resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest.
"He was also treated for a head injury and was taken to St George's Hospital Tooting."
Snow and icy weather has caused havoc in parts of the UK today, after hundreds of motorists in the South East were stranded overnight.
Hundreds of schools across East and West Sussex, Kent and the Channel Islands are closed, as are Jersey and Guernsey airports.
Eurostar cancelled all of its services today after severe weather overnight in France and Belgium, and while cross-Channel ferries are operating, passengers are advised to allow extra time to reach ports due to poor conditions on the A2 and A20 in Kent.
In Sussex, a section of the A22 is closed and conditions are particularly treacherous on the A23 Brighton Road.
Train services in southern England are also being affected.