7/7 survivor describes seeing friend's body
Monday 17 January 2011
A 7/7 survivor was overwhelmed with emotion as she described today how she spotted her colleague lying among a pile of bodies following the explosion which ripped through a London bus.
Mother Camille Scott-Bradshaw described herself as "very, very lucky" to escape the atrocity with her life, while her friend, Marie Hartley, died at the hands of teenage terrorist Hasib Hussain.
The pair were sitting just feet from the 18-year-old bomber when he detonated his homemade device on the morning of July 7 2005.
Describing the moments after the blast, Ms Scott-Bradshaw, who was blown from her seat, said she felt as though she was "floating through the air" before she landed on the road, next to the red double decker.
The inquest into the deaths of the 52 victims of the attacks heard she began a desperate search for Ms Hartley, 34, before recognising her among a heap of bodies in the courtyard of the nearby BMA building.
Struggling to contain her grief she said: "I asked people if they knew where Marie was, I was with a friend, I just remember looking over and I think, in the corner there were bodies and I could just see, and I just knew there were bodies and I could see Marie. I just knew it was Marie.
"Then someone came along and put a sheet over her. I knew it was Marie because I could see her hair, her bracelet and her arms. I could see her arms."
The women, who worked for a greetings card firm, had travelled to London from their homes in Lancashire that day to attend an exhibition in Islington.
Ms Hartley, from Oswaldtwistle, was among 13 people killed by the bomb at Tavistock Square.
Ms Scott-Bradshaw, who appeared via videolink and did not give her home address, suffered horrific injuries to her right leg and perforated ear drums. She still struggles with her hearing.
The inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London heard the force of the blast was so great that the double decker's roof was partially blown off, leading passers-by to believe terrorists had targeted a tour bus.
Ms Scott-Bradshaw, a studio co-ordinator for Hallmark in Burnley, Lancs, recalled how London had seemed "extremely busy" that morning.
She began to feel "uneasy" when a fellow commuter mentioned an explosion elsewhere on the transport network.
"She said it was on the Underground and I didn't for one minute think that it would affect me," Ms Scott-Bradshaw said.
But she decided to send a text message to her partner and colleagues to reassure them of her safety, all the same.
Moments later an explosion tore through the bus.
"I kept thinking, it's a bomb, a bomb, a bomb has gone off but I couldn't see anything," she said.
"My eyes were just black and I just felt like I was floating through the air."
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