POLICE are investigating after a man was hit by a taxi following a fall from a bridge over the motor-way at Heathrow Airport.
As the Gazette went to press the unnamed victim, who is in his late 20s or early 30s, was in Charing Cross Hospital suffering life-threatening head injuries.
The incident happened at around 11.30pm on Saturday on East Ramp, close to the A4 Bath Road and the Northern Perimeter Road.
Emergency services who attended say they are working on information that the man, who is thought to be a chef at a nearby hotel, was walking along the railings of the bridge.
At this stage they cannot say whether he fell or jumped, but they know he dropped 50 feet to the road before being hit by a black cab which finished up on top of him.
A firefighter who was at the scene said: "Cases near the airport always mean a large emergency service response, so lots of people were soon on the scene.
"We used air bags to lift the taxi off the victim, and since the air ambulance cannot fly at night the team had to take him to hospital by ambulance.
"He was very badly injured, it is doubtful that he will survive.
"The taxi driver was very shaken up and the whole thing is now in the hands of the traffic police." [
* Anyone who witnessed the incident should call 020 8246 9867.