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Travellers 'jump onto tube lines' to save woman who fell off mobility scooter

NewsTravellers 'jump onto tube lines' to save woman who fell off mobility scooter

Passengers on the London Underground jumped onto the tracks to help a woman who fell off her mobility scooter and tumbled off the platform.

Reports say that emergency services rushed to King’s Cross tube station, London, to rescue the woman, who reportedly came off the electric motor while making her way along the platform.

The busy underground station was evacuated at 1.45pm on Saturday and remained closed for two hours as crews from the London Ambulance Service treated the woman.

She is said to have suffered potentially life-changing injuries and was rushed to a major trauma centre following her rescue.

Passengers waiting on the platform reported hearing a scream and a young woman shouting that her mother had fallen onto the tracks.

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One witness told MyLondon that he heard a scream and turned to see the woman tumble off the plaform.

He said: “I was on the platform and there was a disabled woman on her mobility scooter with her daughter who looked around 18 or 19.

“Everyone was waiting for the train. I did not see the moment she went in but I heard scream and looked to my left and saw her falling onto the tracks.

“Her daughter let out a blood curdling scream like, ‘Mum’. Everyone started screaming at this point.”

He said that three men jumped onto the tracks despite the arrivals display warning that a train was due in minutes.

The injured woman was apparently upside down and lodged between the pit and the rails, with bystanders shouting to move her foot so it wouldn’t be crushed by the oncoming carriages.

The oncoming train was stopped before it reached the station, and the woman was eventually freed and rushed to hospital by ambulance.

British Transport Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson said: “Officers were called to King’s Cross Underground station at 1.42pm following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Colleagues from London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service also attended, and a person has been taken to hospital with what are believed to be potentially life-changing injuries.”

“The circumstances of the incident have been investigated and are not being treated as suspicious.”

Transport for London said: “The station was closed due to an obstruction on the track on the Victoria line.

“The line was shut at 13.45 and reopened at 15.44.”

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