Tube passenger dragged along station platform after scarf caught in train doors

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A Tube traveller was dragged along a station platform after her scarf got caught in a train.

The woman suffered neck and back injuries in the incident, which occurred at Holborn station on 3 February.

The woman had been attempting to board a Picadilly line train, but stopped when she saw the doors were closing.

But her scarf got caught and, unaware of the incident, the train driver pulled away from the station, dragging the woman along before the scarf was ripped from her neck.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), looking into the incident, told the Guardian: "As she stopped, the end of the scarf that she was wearing continued to swing towards the train and became trapped between the closing doors.

"The train operator was unaware that the scarf was trapped in the door and after confirming that all doors were closed, started to move the train into the tunnel.

"The passenger was dragged along the platform by her scarf as the train started to move. The station assistant tried to help the passenger by holding on to her and they both fell to the ground. This resulted in the scarf being forcibly removed from the passenger's neck and carried into the tunnel by the train."

According to the Evening Standard, the RAIB added that it would be "examining the arrangements in place for safe dispatch of trains from London Underground stations where station assistants are provided on the platform".

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