Girl, 12, struck by Tube at Brixton in front of horrified commuters

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Girl, 12, struck by Tube at Brixton in front of horrified commuters
Girl, 12, struck by Tube at Brixton in front of horrified commuters

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A 12-year-old girl has sustained "life-threatening" injuries after being struck by a Tube train in London.

The incident happened at 8.40am during the morning rush hour at Brixton station on the Victoria Line, according to the BBC.

British Transport Police (BTP), Metropolitan Police Officers and paramedics were called to the scene, where shocked onlookers heard the girl's cries of pain.

One member of station staff told the Daily Mail: "I couldn't see her – she was under the train. She was screaming and crying – it sounded like she was in a lot of pain.

"There were a lot of people standing around - it was a busy time. People were panicking and no-one could go down on the track to help because of the electricity. People were trying to reassure the girl from the platform.

"Someone radioed up to the station supervisor to turn off the electricity. A special response team came down to the platform and then we all got moved upstairs."

BTP have said they are "not at the current time divulging details of the injuries she has sustained", but eyewitnesses reportedly told the Daily Mail that the girl had seemingly broken her back as well as losing "several fingers".

Girl, 12, struck by Tube at Brixton in front of horrified commuters
Girl, 12, struck by Tube at Brixton in front of horrified commuters

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Eyewitness James McDonnell, 41, said the station was 'rammed' at the time of the incident.
He said: "The station was really packed on the platform, it was absolutely rammed with people.

"I saw three or four young women running towards me crying with their hands over their mouths, they were saying "Somebody has been hit, somebody has been hit".

The account manager from Brixton described the aftermath as "chaos".

Speculation that the girl was reaching down in an attempt to retrieve something from the tracks has been refuted by the BTP.

A police source said: "As far as we are aware, this wasn't connected to a phone dropped onto the tracks or anything else.

"We do not believe she was trying to reach down onto the platform."

Horrified commuters have tweeted their shock at the incident.

One called Angela Wolff wrote: "Still feel like I'm in shock and I didn't even see anything. Just heard the bang and screams and a sea of shocked pale faces."

Meanwhile, less than 24 hours after this incident occurred, an eight-year-old boy was plucked to safety from Tube tracks on the Jubilee Line by a station cleaner who reached out from the platform and grabbed him as a train approached.

The driver of the north-bound train fortunately saw what was happening, slammed on the emergency brakes and stopped about 20ft away, according to The Evening Standard.

The boy, who was reportedly trespassing on the track and had not fallen, was unhurt.

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