Man injured in Heathrow Airport vehicle crash

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Getty Images A man in his 40s died after the collision on the taxiway

A man has died after two vehicles collided on the airfield at Heathrow Airport.

Two drivers were involved in the crash on the taxiway just after 06:00 GMT.

One man, in his 40s, was taken to a west London hospital with serious injuries and has since died. Another man was treated at the scene for a suspected broken shoulder.

At least 20 British Airways flights have been delayed by the incident, although the airfield remains open.

Passengers on one plane had to disembark after the crash, a Heathrow spokeswoman said.

Alastair MacLeod tweeted: "Apparently there has been an accident on one of the runways at @HeathrowAirport and many planes (including this one) are parked on the apron with unspecified delays of 'hours'. No public news of this and no useful updates from @British-Airways - anyone out there know any more?"

Apparently there has been an accident on one of the runways at @HeathrowAirport and many planes (including this one) are parked on the apron with unspecified delays of “hours”. No public news of this and no useful updates from @British_Airways — anyone out there know any more?

End of Twitter post by @macleodadg

Another passenger said: "There's only one airport in the world that can turn a 1hr early landing into a delay at gate. @HeathrowAirport thanks for nothing."

There's only one airport in the world that can turn a 1hr early landing into a delay at gate. @HeathrowAirport thanks for nothing.

End of Twitter post by @m_redt

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and there has been no arrests, the Met Police said.

It added that the deceased man has yet to be formally identified, but his next of kin had been informed.

Heathrow said the airfield remained open and it was "working to minimise disruption to passengers' journeys".

Hi, we are dealing with a serious accident involving two vehicles on the airfield. The airfield remains open and we will work to minimise disruption to our passengers’ journeys. Thank you.

End of Twitter post by @HeathrowAirport

"This incident did not involve any passengers and is not expected to cause any impact on journeys today", it added.

But a spokeswoman for British Airways said several of its flights were delayed by the crash.

"We are doing all we can to ensure they will be able to depart as soon as possible," she added.

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