Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woman Dragged by Train as Her Hand Is Trapped

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Woman Dragged by Train as Her Hand Is Trapped

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Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent

A WOMAN escaped death by seconds after being forced to run alongside a train when her hand became trapped in its door.

Passengers pulled the alarm but the train moved off, dragging her for 60 metres along the platform before she managed to free herself.

The woman, an unnamed regular commuter, had aimed to catch the 5.53pm First Capital Connect to Royston from platform 9 at King's Cross.

Believing she had time to spare, she walked past some carriages towards the front of the train before she heard a door closing alarm which she at first thought was for an adjacent train.

Realising that it was for her train, she went to step on board as the doors closed, trapping her fingers in the rubber edge. The train's dispatcher saw the woman but was unaware that her hand was trapped and signalled the train to go. As it moved off, the woman was forced to walk and then run alongside .

The dispatcher then realised what was happening but had no means of stopping the train. …

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