A woman crossing Abbey Road near the historic crosswalk where the Beatles were photographed for their album cover was struck by a car on Nov. 7 and the incident was caught on video, according to a report on The Smoking Gun on Nov. 8. Local officials have been studying installing a crossing guard on the usually busy street, which sees cars fly by constantly, especially in daylight hours.
The video taken from the Abbey Road webcam (graphic alert), which monitors the intersection, shows the woman darting into the road, then being struck hard by a Volkswagen. The force of the accident sent her flying through the air and landing in the street. According to the UK Independent, the woman was taken to a local hospital. Her condition and the extent of her injuries were not known, though she appears to talk after the accident occurred.
In August, the Expeditioner reported near misses are a regular occurrence at the famed intersection. The BBC reported that month there were calls for a crossing guard at the intersection. According to the story, the Westminster Council has been studying the question.
Fans jammed the intersection this past August to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the famed photo session when the Beatles strolled across the road. The cover shot, taken by Ian Macmillan standing on a ladder in the street on Aug. 8, 1969, later became a central element of the “Paul is Dead” urban legend.
In 2011, the white suit John Lennon wore on the “Abbey Road” cover was sold at auction. According to the Daily Mail, it sold for £30,000 (roughly $47,000 at current exchange rates).
Six photos from the cover shoot go on sale Nov. 21 at Bloomsbury Auctions in the UK. The auction house says they believe this is the first time the full set of the cover photo and outtakes have been sold. Images of the cover and outtakes can also be found on the Beatles’ official website.