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Helicopter crashes in central London

Updated 6:16 AM ET, Wed January 16, 2013
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Smoke pours from the burning debris of a helicopter which crashed in the Vauxhall area. The helicopter appeared to hit a crane attached to the nearby St Georges Wharf Tower before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. Victor Jimenez/Getty Images
Londoner Christopher Jen was at Vauxhall Tube station en route to his marketing job when he spotted smoke rising from an area nearby. A helicopter had clipped a crane atop a building and plunged to the ground, killing two people and injuring several others, police later said. "We could hear all the sirens and you could smell the smoke as the train went past the site," he said. "The station announcers did tell us that there was a helicopter crash at Vauxhall and the engineers had to go check the tracks before we could leave." Christopher Jen
Debris is pictured beside a fire fighting vehicle at the scene of a helicopter crash. CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Emergency services at the scene after a helicopter reportedly collided with a crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, on January 16 in London, England. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Fog surrounds a damaged crane attached to St Georges Wharf Tower after a helicopter reportedly collided with it. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Smoke billows over central London's Vauxhall Cross area after a helicopter crash on the morning of January 16. James Whipps/CNN
Map shows the location of the crash. CNN/Nokiamaps
CNN journalist Nick Thompson shot this and other images of the aftermath of a helicopter crash in Vauxhall, London, that has left two people dead. Nick Thompson/CNN