Teenager hit by Tube train 'lent over platform to look at mice'

18-year-old American tourist suffered serious head injuries after being struck on a Central line platform at Bond Street station

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A teenage girl has been left in a "critical" condition after being hit by a Tube train as she reportedly leant over the platform edge to look at mice running over the tracks.

Police have said that the 18-year-old American tourist suffered serious head injuries after being struck on a Central line platform at Bond Street station in central London at around 7:30 pm on Thursday.

She was reportedly knocked unconscious when a train hit her head and as of yesterday remained in hospital in a “critical” condition.

Following the incident Central line services were delayed and paramedics and fire-fighters were called to take the teenager to St Mary’s Hospital in an ambulance.

Witnesses at the scene said that at least three fire engines and three ambulances were seen outside the station, while another said that there were lots of paramedics at the scene.

A Transport for London worker told the Evening Standard: "It appears as though she was trying to look at a mouse below on the rails."

"Luckily she was not dragged down by the train and she stayed on the platform, but she was hit hard.”

A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed that they were called to Bond Street station following a report that someone had been struck by a train.

He told the Telegraph: “An 18-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The woman, a US citizen, remains in a critical condition. Her family has been informed."

The incident is not being treated as suspicious and is believed to be an accident.

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