Dramatic eyewitness accounts of Parsons Green Tube blast horror

Jane Howdle

News of this morning’s explosion on a Tube train at Parsons Green has spread via social media, with eyewitnesses sharing their dramatic experiences.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the incident is being treated as terrorism, after a “flash and a bang”, believed to have been caused by a device within a bucket, caused passengers to flee the District Line train at around 8.20am.

Police say that “a number of people” have been injured, including one man who says his hair was burned off.

An injured woman being assisted by a police officer close to Parsons Green station after this morning’s blast (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
Emergency services at the scene this morning (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Many of those that made it out were keen to share their experiences of the chaos that immediately followed the blast.

This is what the eyewitnesses said:

Emma said she had to “run for my life” in a huge stampede.


Steven Slayford was urged to “get somewhere safe” by a police officer.


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Katherine Manson thanked the man who “pulled me out of the pile of people on the stairs” during the frantic rush to flee the station.


Ryan Bennett described “chaotic scenes” but praised the police and fire service for their speedy response.


 

 

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