Panic on the Tube Then and Now

Stevie Turner

There’s been another terrorist attack this morning.  Some passengers on a London tube train suffered injuries as a device inside a supermarket bag exploded on a train that was travelling eastbound from Wimbledon and was just arriving at Parsons  Green station.  Passengers fled from the train and ran for their lives.  One witness confirmed that people were piling on top of each other because some of them fell over whilst trying to run too quickly in the crush on the stairs leading to the street.  She stated that there were two ladies underneath her, and one little boy to her right whose head had been smacked into the concrete.

This has echoes of the wartime disaster at Bethnal Green tube station.  The station was still being built during the war, and had been converted into a kind of subterranean town.  There was even a hospital and a library down there, plus…

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