Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man in Dress 'Pushed' to His Death on Tube; Commuters See Victim Plunge in Front of Train; Woman Held over Rush-Hour Horror at King's Cross

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Man in Dress 'Pushed' to His Death on Tube; Commuters See Victim Plunge in Front of Train; Woman Held over Rush-Hour Horror at King's Cross

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Byline: Justin Davenport, Peter Dominiczak and Mark Blunden

A MAN in woman's clothing was allegedly pushed to his death in front of a rush-hour Tube train at one of London's busiest stations.

Hundreds of passengers watched in horror as the victim plunged onto the track as the Piccadilly line train pulled into King's Cross just after 6.30 last night.

A 34-year-old woman from Cricklewood was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and was today being questioned by British Transport Police.

One report suggested that the couple knew each other and that the woman had been "pushing and pulling" her friend on the edge of the platform. However, details about the dead man's identity remained a mystery.

British Transport Police said officers had not been able to identify the victim, saying only that he was white and aged about 50. Witnesses at first believed that a woman had been the victim because the man appeared to be wearing a dress. One onlooker who was standing next to the victim described the moment he fell to his death.

The student, who gave her name as Emma, said: "A whole carriage passed before the train stopped. As the woman went down, the two bags I had were dragged with her under the train."

She said the couple appeared to have been "pushing and pulling as a joke" moments before the train pulled in.

A station worker said: "They were standing very close to the edge of the platform and it was jam-packed because it was the height of rush-hour.

"The whole platform is a crime scene, with a forensic tent and scene-of-crime officers. The body was left in place for hours, which caused serious delays."

Chaos hit the network afterwards, with hundreds stranded on trains for about two hours. A Transport for London spokesman said 172 passengers had to be led to safety through tunnels. …

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