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RAIB studying Clapham incident

 

Passenger seriously injured after falling between train and platform

The Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB) is investigating an incident at Clapham South station on the London Underground which saw a passenger fall between a train and the platform after being dragged along for a short distance by the train.

The incident occurred on the northbound Northern Line platform at around 08.00 on 12 March 2015.

The train had stopped normally in the station and the station assistant signalled to the train operator to close the doors. One of the doors was blocked, and so the doors were reopened. A passenger who had just boarded decided that the train was too crowded and stepped back off the train onto the platform. As the doors closed again, her coat became trapped between them. The train operator, unaware of this, started to drive the train and the passenger was dragged along the platform by her coat. Upon checking the platform view camera in his cab, the train operator saw this and applied the brakes. However, before the train came to a stop, the passenger fell to the ground, off the platform edge and into the gap between the fourth and fifth carriages, having become separated from her coat. The train stopped after travelling about 60 metres. She suffered serious injuries to her arm and head and was taken to hospital; she is now recovering.

RAIB says the investigation will seek to understand the sequence of events, review train dispatch arrangements at LU stations and the risk arising from items becoming trapped in train doors.

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