A man is in a critical condition after being hit in the head by a Northern line tube train at Stockwell London Underground station this morning.
Passengers recalled hearing screaming coming from the platform and seeing "blood everywhere" before they were evacuated at around 9am.
Witness accounts suggested that the horrific injury was an accident, with the man reportedly reaching down for something on the tracks, possibly a dropped bag or lighter.
“Apparently the guy was hit by a tube at Stockwell when he leant over to get his bag,” Emily Shackleton, a student, wrote on Twitter.
Incident at Stockwell station. Commuters being ushered out pic.twitter.com/hXkX4jFduX— Ian Silvera (@ianjsilvera) April 10, 2015
Ryan Kelly, who wrote that he could not “unsee what I saw” at the station, said the commuter may have been “accidentally pushed” during the morning rush hour. A man on the train who hit him described hearing a loud thud and said the man's head was "pretty much sliced off by the Tube".
Passengers were trapped on the train for almost 15 minutes before it could pull fully into the platform and they could disembark.
Another commuter said she was in "absolute shock" after seeing the man being struck and passengers described paramedics working on the platform to save him.
Just passed Stockwell on the tube (station closed) and saw paramedics working on the injured passenger. Such a horrible thing, poor guy.— thejamessmart (@thejamessmart) April 10, 2015
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said it was called at 8.53am and sent an ambulance crew, a paramedic on a motorcycle, duty station officer and London's air ambulance.
“We treated a man reported to be in his 20s for head injuries and he was taken as a priority to King's College Hospital,” she added.
Several police cars and ambulances were photographed outside the station as the air ambulance landed in a nearby estate.
hems land on our estate to help man hit by train at stockwell. praying he'll be okay. pic.twitter.com/0Kf3yHcz77— tim frisby (@tjfrisby) April 10, 2015
A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “We were called to Stockwell London Underground station at 8.52am on Friday, 10 April, to reports of a person being struck by a train.
“Colleagues from Metropolitan Police Service and London Ambulance Service also attended, and a man, believed to be in his twenties, was taken to hospital for treatment.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time.”
North bound northern line train I was on just hit man at stockwell. Staff amazing. Serious head injury and unconscious. Hoping he will b ok.— Chris Stevenson (@chris_stevo79) April 10, 2015
Stockwell station was closed to northbound Northern and Victoria line services after the incident but has now fully reopened.
The incident has already sparked renewed calls for safety barriers on platforms, with one person writing on Twitter: "The incident at Stockwell station is horrific. So sad. @TfL how many more people have to die before you put barriers by the track!"Reuse content