Pas­sen­gers hurt on Un­der­ground blast

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

EMER­GENCY ser­vices were called to a Lon­don Un­der­ground sta­tion af­ter re­ports of an ex­plo­sion on a train.

Pic­tures ap­peared to show an ex­plo­sion in a bucket to­wards the rear of a train.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Par­sons Green Tube sta­tion on Fri­day morn­ing.

It was re­ported that pas­sen­gers suf­fered fa­cial burns.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said: “We are aware of an in­ci­dent at Par­sons Green Tube sta­tion. Of­fi­cers are in at­ten­dance.”

Trans­port for Lon­don said it is “in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent at Par­sons Green” and urged cus­tomers trav­el­ling be­tween Wim­ble­don and Earls Court to use al­ter­na­tive routes.

A Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said: “We are on scene along­side the Metropoli­tan Po­lice at Par­sons Green.”

Me­dia tech­nol­ogy con­sul­tant Richard Aylmer-Hall, 53, was sit­ting on the District Line train bound for cen­tral Lon­don when panic un­folded at around 8.20am.

He said he saw sev­eral peo­ple in­jured, hav­ing ap­par­ently been tram­pled as they tried to es­cape.

“I was bliss­fully read­ing my pa­per and lis­ten­ing to a pod­cast and sud­denly t he whole world charged past me down the plat­form, down the Tube,” he said.

“I was on my way up from Wim­ble­don to­wards Padding­ton and sud­denly there was panic, lots of peo­ple shout­ing, scream­ing, lots of scream­ing.

“There was a woman on the plat­form who said she had seen a flash and a bang, so ob­vi­ously some­thing had gone off.

“It was an ab­so­lutely packed, rush­hour District Line train from Wim­ble­don to Edg­ware Road.

“I saw cry­ing women, there was lots of shout­ing and scream­ing, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs go­ing down to the streets.

“Some peo­ple got pushed over and tram­pled on. I saw two women be­ing treated by am­bu­lance crews.

“Since then, ev­ery emer­gency ve­hi­cle in Lon­don has gone past me, fire en­gines, am­bu­lances, ev­ery type of po­lice ve­hi­cle.”

Mr Aylmer-Hall added: “I don’t think any­one was hurt by the ac­tual de­vice or what­ever it was.” QUIZ AN­SWERS: 1. De­cem­ber. 2. Sony. 3. Au­gust 1. 4. Den­mark. 5. Left. 6. Al­ba­tross. Miss­ing link: BELL.

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Emer­gency ser­vices at the scene

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