Woman dragged along platform by train after her hand gets trapped

Passenger suffers head, back and hand injuries at Hayes and Harlington station


A passenger was dragged more than 60ft along a station platform after her hand got stuck between the train doors at Hayes and Harlington.

A Rail Accident Investigation Branch report found that the woman deliberately put her hand between the closing doors believing they would automatically reopen.

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She suffered head, back and hand injuries after being pulled along the platform at the station in West London.

According to the report, the train driver did not identify that the passenger was trapped and the train moved off. After being dragged for about 19 metres, the passenger lost her footing and fell onto the platform.

RAIB concluded that after closing the doors of the train, the driver either did not make a final check that it was safe to depart, or that the check was insufficiently detailed to allow him to identify the trapped passenger.

The driver may have been misled into thinking that it was safe to depart because a door interlock light in his cab had illuminated, indicating that the doors were closed and locked and he was able to take power.

A RAIB spokesman said: "Our investigation identified that the train driver and other railway staff held the same misunderstanding: if someone had a hand trapped in a door it would not be possible for the door interlock light to illuminate and a driver to take power. This is not the case, and the door was found to be compliant with all applicable standards after the accident."

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