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Man (20s) hit in head by rush hour train 'after leaning over to pick up bag'

Peter Woodman

Published 10/04/2015 | 11:02

Man struck by a Northern line train at Stockwell station in south London
Man struck by a Northern line train at Stockwell station in south London

A man is in a critical condition after reportedly being hit on the head by a rush-hour Tube train as he bent down to pick up his bag.

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Commuters watched in horror as the man, believed to be in his 20s, was struck by a Northern line train at Stockwell station in south London at around 9am.

Witnesses said the man had bent down to either pick up his bag or pick up a lighter as the train approached.

The station, which also serves the Victoria line, was shut while medics tended to the passenger who was later taken to hospital.

Chris Duncan tweeted: "Was on this train. Awful. Man hit in the head by oncoming Tube train in horrific accident."

Isabelle Zonderland told London's Evening Standard: "I was on the tube when it happened. He got hit only metres from our carriage.

"When we were let off the tube I saw him lying there. Someone who I believe was on the platform was checking for a pulse. His face was covered in blood."

Actor Raj Lucas told the Standard: "I was about midway on the platform and the tube was pulling in and suddenly I heard screams from the start of the platform.

"The people closer to the incident (who saw it) were visibly very distressed."

Nick Brown, London Underground's chief operating officer, said: "Just before 9am a passenger on a Northern line platform was struck by a train entering Stockwell station.

"Our emergency response team and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene. We are investigating the incident to understand exactly what happened but we have already established that while the station was busy, the platform was not overcrowded."

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