Eye-witnesses claim the woman was pushed off the platform as passengers crowded onto it and she fell at the side of a moving train. The train was immediately stopped and the Fire Brigade were called in. They had to lift the train up with hydraulic jacks to free the trapped woman.
They then employed a scoop-stretcher to lift the as yet unnamed woman off the track. A Transport for London spokesperson said afterwards that the woman was taken to a nearby hospital and that her injuries were not life threatening.
Clapham South Station is on the southern branch of the London Underground’s Northern Line. Services on the line were severely disrupted for one hour while the fire crews worked on freeing the woman.
London Underground says that the platform the woman fell from just before 08:00 was not very crowded and video footage taken at the time seems to corroborate this. An officer with the British Transport Police claimed that the passenger had been hit by the train.
The network’s operations director, Nigel Holness, released a statement confirming the accident and stated that the passenger had been taken to hospital. He continued by saying that health and safety investigators would be conducting a thorough enquiry to ascertain what had actually happened.
The statement continued by adding that the safety of everyone who travelled or worked on the Tube was of the utmost importance. It finished with the claim that the London Underground was one of the globe’s safest public transport systems and occurrences of this genre were a rarity.