Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Survivor: 'I Was Tired and I Took a Seat ... and That Saved My Life'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Survivor: 'I Was Tired and I Took a Seat ... and That Saved My Life'

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Byline: Kiran Randhawa

A 7/7 victim today told how he managed to survive the attacks as new images revealed fresh details about the bombings.

David Gardner, who was just three feet away from one of the bombers, said he believes he escaped death because he was sitting down.

Police graphics revealed during the inquest into the attacks show the father-of-two, who lost his leg in the Edgware Road atrocity, was sitting on the other side of a set of double doors from Mohammad Sidique Khan when he detonated his bomb.

The six people who died in the attack were all standing.

Mr Gardner, 56, a management accountant from West Hampstead, said: "The fact that I was sitting down probably saved my life. All those who died got hit in the chest and head. I normally chose to stand on the Tube and rarely take a seat, but that morning I was particularly tired and decided to sit down."

Colin Morley, Jennifer Nicholson and David Foulkes, who all died in the blast, were standing at the doors opposite Mr Gardner. …

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