Jan 16 2013 By John Siddle
A HOYLAKE woman today told how she missed the London helicopter crash by seconds.
Joanna Moroz, 28, was commuting to work on a crowded bus when the chopper hit a crane and plummeted to the ground just yards away.
Two people died and nine were injured in the central London horror at 8am this morning.
Joanne, from Hoylake, was just yards from the crash scene when her bus came to a halt.
She said: “I heard a whizzing noise and a massive crash, which was the helicopter hitting the ground.
“The whole street was on fire. It was like a wall of fire.
“I knew by the number of police, fire and ambulances that it was serious. There was a sea of flashing blue lights and smoke.
“It was petrifying. My initial thought was that it was a terrorist attack.”
Witnesses reported seeing debris falling from the sky after the aircraft struck the crane before exploding into flames and plunging to a street near Vauxhall station in rush hour.
Joanne, who works for the radio station Talksport and used to work at city station Juice FM, was evacuated from her bus.
She said: “I missed it by seconds. There were two cars and a bus in front of us and then the scene.
“I just thought what if I had got an earlier bus or if the traffic lights had changed differently.
“It was so, so close. I am a bit shaken up by it.”
Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe confirmed that there were two deaths, one person critically injured and a number of others with less serious injuries.
The crane was on top of a building called The Tower in the St George Wharf development, and is billed as one of Europe’s tallest residential towers.
Video footage shot on a mobile phone showed an entire road blocked by burning wreckage and aviation fuel. The side of a building on one side of the street was also damaged by the flames.
Passers-by stood watching as the wreckage burned. A motorcycle was seen lying on its side in the road where it was abandoned.