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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Horror as scaffolding collapses on a busy suburban street - crushing eight cars and leaving one woman badly injured

  • Scaffolding has fallen off a building on Mann Street in Gosford on Wednesday 
  • At least eight cars were damaged and a woman in her 40s suffered head injuries
  • SafeWork NSW are at the scene investigating how the scaffolding fell down
  • Strong winds have lashed the region, though it is unknown if they contributed 
A woman has been injured and several cars have been damaged after scaffolding collapsed onto a busy suburban street.
Emergency services were called to the scene in Gosford on the NSW Central Coast after 3pm on Wednesday.
The scaffolding had fallen off a building on Mann Street and crushed a row of parked cars on the street, leaving a woman with serious head injuries.
Scaffolding has fallen off a building on Mann Street onto parked cars (pictured) in Gosford
Scaffolding has fallen off a building on Mann Street onto parked cars (pictured) in Gosford
At least eight cars were damaged in the collapse, with a woman taken to Gosford Hospital suffering head injuries
At least eight cars were damaged in the collapse, with a woman taken to Gosford Hospital suffering head injuries
A NSW Ambulance spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the woman is believed to be in her 40s and was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition. 
A light pole was brought down with the scaffolding, with at least eight cars damaged by the falling debris.
Hayden Davis was about to get into his car on Mann Street and made a lucky escape before disaster struck.
'I was standing near the car when it happened,' he told 7News. 'Some rocks fell on my head and then I came across the road and the scaffold fell over.'
Workers help to move rubble and debris from vehicles after the scaffolding fell over on Wednesday afternoon
 Workers help to move rubble and debris from vehicles after the scaffolding fell over on Wednesday afternoon
Police, emergency services and SafeWork NSW personnel are at the scene investigating how the scaffolding fell down
Police, emergency services and SafeWork NSW personnel are at the scene investigating how the scaffolding fell down
Several bystanders look over the debris, including a power pole that was brought down with the scaffolding
Several bystanders look over the debris, including a power pole that was brought down with the scaffolding 
Mann Street has been closed in both directions between Erina Street East and Donnison Street, with motorists urged to avoid the area this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a strong wind warning for the central coast on Wednesday as powerful westerly winds battered the region.
It is unknown if the wind gusts contributed to the scaffolding falling down.
SafeWork NSW released a safety alert on Tuesday in anticipation of the windy conditions.
A spokesperson from SafeWork NSW said representatives are at the scene 'investigating the collapse of scaffolding hoarding at a building site'.  
Mann Street has been closed in both directions between Erina Street East and Donnison Street after the incident
 Mann Street has been closed in both directions between Erina Street East and Donnison Street after the incident

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