James Corden Leads Tributes To Coach Driver Killed By Falling Windowpane

Local sources named the dead man as a 53-year-old coach driver from Kent.

Late-night host James Corden has led tributes to a coach driver who died instantly after being hit by a windowpane which plummeted 250 feet from a luxury London tower block.

Corden said the dead man was “a huge West Ham fan and has passed away in the most sudden of circumstances” following Tuesday’s incident at the Corniche development on the capital’s Albert Embankment.

The dead man was named by Corden and local sources as Mick Ferris, a 53-year-old employee of travel firm Clarkes of London, said to have been leaving a nearby hotel to return to his coach when the incident happened.

Photographs of the scene on Tuesday showed a body covered by a blue sheet underneath a shattered pane of glass.

Ferris, who lived in Kent, is believed to have been with colleagues at the time of the incident, with several Clarkes’ coaches lined up near to the scene.

Reporters saw a woman rush towards one of the stationary coaches and ask “where’s my old man?” before the doors were closed.

Police at the scene outside the Corniche, a luxury block of flats on the Albert Embankment, central London, on Tuesday.
Police at the scene outside the Corniche, a luxury block of flats on the Albert Embankment, central London, on Tuesday.
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A colleague aboard a Clarkes’ coach – which carried a plaque stating the driver’s name as “Mick” – said he was a lovely man to work with.

“Mick was a real nice fella - what happened is tragic,” he said.

“He was a lovely man, words fail me.”

A Clarks of London coach stands idle beside The Corniche development after Tuesday's incident, which saw a full pane of glass fall from the very top floor.
A Clarks of London coach stands idle beside The Corniche development after Tuesday's incident, which saw a full pane of glass fall from the very top floor.
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Investigators erected a forensics tent at the scene later on Tuesday, with officers seen peering out of an empty window within a penthouse apartment on the tower’s 27th floor. The immediate area remained closed on Wednesday morning.

Scotland Yard said officers were continuing efforts to trace all of the man’s family. “At this early stage in the investigation, it is believed he was hit by something falling from a building,” the Met said in a statement.

An investigator assesses the open window on the 27th floor of The Corniche development.
An investigator assesses the open window on the 27th floor of The Corniche development.
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The exterior of The Corniche, designed by top architects Foster + Partners, is complete with construction cranes, scaffolding and hoarding removed.

St James, the owner of the multi-million pound development, said it was investigating and working with police.

A spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness that we learnt of an incident at our Corniche development on Albert Embankment this morning, in which a man suffered fatal injuries.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this incredibly difficult time. We are investigating this incident as a matter of urgency and working with the emergency services to establish what happened.”

The Riverside Park Plaza Hotel next door to the tower block has a police cordon set up around the outside, with officers escorting guests to and from the building.

Guests were unable to identify Facebook photos of the victim.