Driver killed as window falls from 27th floor flat

A PEDESTRIAN has died after being hit by a window which fell 27 floors from a block of flats in central London.

The victim - coach driver Mick Ferris - was found in Albert Embankment after emergency services were called at 10.40am yesterday.

It is thought the glass and frame fell about 250ft from the penthouse apartment at The Corniche, a newly-built complex where properties cost between £2.7million and £6.25million.

'There was lots of blood everywhere, it was very distressing,' said scrap metal dealer Paddy Riley, 59, who was driving past shortly after the incident.

'There was a lot of labourers pointing up at the window and down at him.' He said a gust of wind must have caught the window.

Mr Ferris had reportedly stopped to use the toilet in the Riverbank Plaza hotel and was returning to his vehicle.

A shocked colleague at Clarkes of London coaches, for whom Mr Ferris, 53, worked, told MailOnline: 'He was a lovely guy, really warm and friendly. I can't really say any more than that.'

Listed as an 'exclusive riverside address' of 252 apartments, The Corniche is a project by the Foster and Partners group. Developer St James said: 'We are investigating as a matter of urgency and working with the emergency services to establish what happened.'

The Met police said: 'It is believed he was hit by something falling from a building. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.'