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Building collapse London: Cabbie crushed, killed by chunks of masonry

In Central London, a woman cabbie was killed in a building collapse on Friday. Julie Sillitoe, 49, died from falling chunks of masonry that landed on her vehicle as it sat idling. Authorities say strong winds from a storm are partly to blame for the building collapse in London, citing a Feb. 15 NY Daily News report.

 A London cab made by LTI, a subsidiary of Manganese Bronze on February 1, 2013 in London, England.
Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

The minicab driver's death occurred when parts of a building in Kingsway near Holborn Tube station collapsed and landed on the woman's taxi cab, a Skoda Octavia vehicle ( pictured here ).

Sillitoe's two passengers suffered injuries from the falling debris, but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The male fare had to be extricated, but the woman passenger managed to free herself from the back of the crumpled cab.

Police say another person who was on the pavement at the time of the London building collapse also sustained injuries and was treated at a hospital. His condition is unknown.

Meanwhile, an 85-year-old male passenger aboard the historic Marco Polo cruise ship nearby died after a "freakish" wave pummeled the vessel in the English Channel. At the time, the area was being bombarded with 80 mph winds that broke several windows aboard the vessel and caused the Waldorf Restaurant to be flooded with sea water.

The passenger had to be airlifted for treatment, but he was pronounced dead before arrival. His cause of death has not been determined.

The cab driver killed in the building collapse in London is survived by three sons.


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