Witnesses said ‘a tonne of water dropped down’ on people below
HEAVY rain caused the roof of Victoria station in Manchester to collapse today, leaving two people with head injuries.
Witnesses described seeing a ‘tidal wave’ of water falling on commuters after the build up of rain caused the roof to give way.
The emergency services confirmed two people suffered head injuries during the incident at rush hour today.
Commuters told the Manchester Evening News they saw the roof buckling under the weight of the rainwater before it suddenly collapsed and landed on those below.
The station has recently undergone a £44million renovation and the ‘bubble’ roof is reportedly made from a polymer called EFTE, which is also used on Cornwall’s Eden Project.
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Witness Daniel Pratt, 25, said a ‘tidal wave’ of water from the roof collapse landed on top of a train at the station as well as on a platform where people were walking.
Daniel told the MEN: “About a tonne of water dropped down and the train took the brunt of it but there was a big group of people who it landed on too, and one woman I saw who was knocked down and didn’t get up.
“The best way I can describe it is like the huge wave you get on the log flume at a theme park.”
The commuters injuries are not thought to be serious and British Transport Police confirmed they were receiving treatment for head cuts.
A spokesman for Northern Rail said the incident had not forced the station to close and services were running as normal.
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