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Woman, 77, dies after being pulled from the rubble as home collapses into neighbour’s driveway

A 77-YEAR-OLD woman has died after being pulled from the rubble of a home that collapsed into a neighbour’s driveway.

Firefighters dragged debris from the partially collapsed building by hand in a desperate attempt to save the trapped victim today in Wigan.

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Part of the house collapsed into a neighbouring property in Wigan[/caption]

But tragically the elderly woman died from her injuries.

Eyewitnesses told reporters that the gable end of the property had crumbled.

It’s not known what caused the gable end to collapse, reported Wigan Today.

Emergency services rushed to an address in Shevington this afternoon.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said they had been called to the scene just before 2.30pm after reports part of a house had collapsed into a neighbour’s driveway.

They said: “A few minutes later we received a further call that a person was missing and could be trapped under the rubble.

“Upon arrival firefighters found one person trapped and unresponsive.

“Firefighters dragged rubble from the partially collapsed building by hand to recover the trapped person before assisting North West Ambulance Service to treat the patient and prepare them for transport to Wigan Royal Infirmary.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said that paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, and an air ambulance joined cops and firefighters at the emergency.

“A 77-year-old woman was rescued and taken to hospital but, sadly, despite the efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead.

“An investigation is under way,” they added.

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