Canopy collapse at Abraham Darby School hurts five

The scene A £35m building project at Abraham Darby Academy is scheduled to open in January

A large canopy has collapsed on a construction site at a Shropshire secondary school.

The incident happened at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford at 16:28 BST.

Five people were hurt and one man in his 40s has been taken by helicopter to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital with spinal injuries.

A spokesman for Telford and Wrekin Council said the man airlifted to hospital was believed to be a worker with Kier Moss construction.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said three of the people hurt in the incident were being treated for serious injuries at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital.

These included a man in his 50s with leg and chest injuries, a man in his 20s with abdominal injuries, and another man in his 20s with back and pelvic injuries.

The fifth man suffered minor injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed.

The canopy was at the front of a four-storey building, and was some 100ft (30.5m) across.

No roads have been closed, but police are regulating traffic at the scene.

Last month a topping out ceremony marked the latest stage in a £35m building project at Abraham Darby Academy in Madeley.

The work, which would also see Woodlands Primary School move on to the site, is scheduled to be completed by January 2012.

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