Five men were buried alive when a wall collapsed at a recycling plant in Birmingham.
Tragedy struck when a 20ft wall consisting of concrete and metal collapsed at the Hawkeswood Metal site on Aston Church Road, trapping the workers beneath. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
A sixth man survived the incident with serious injuries to his leg.
The victims were Alimamo Jammeh, 42, Saibo Saillah, 42, OUsman Jabbie, Bangaly Dukureh and Mohammed Jangana, all Spanish nationals of Gambian origin, who were living and working in the Birmingham area. All were married with young families.
The city’s Gambian Association said their deaths had ‘devastated’ the community, while at local mosques people gathered to pay tribute with prayers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been notified of the incident and an investigation is now underway.
Detective Superintendent Mark Payne, of West Midlands Police, told the Daily Express: “We are still in the very early stages of this investigation to determine exactly what happened this morning.
“Sadly five people have lost their lives and we have several teams of specialist officers supporting their families at this time.
“This has been a very traumatic incident for those who were at the site this morning and we will continue to work alongside the HSE and the other emergency services at the scene.”
The industrial accident left rescue crews facing a ‘significant tonnage’ of concrete and metal, which partially trapped the sixth victim before he managed to escape from the rubble.
A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “The HSE is aware and supporting the police in its investigations into the incident.”