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Journey by Journey => Transport for London => Topic started by: broadgage on September 07, 2021, 02:34:03 pm



Title: Fatal accident at Waterloo underground station, 2020.
Post by: broadgage on September 07, 2021, 02:34:03 pm
News report https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-58407238 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-58407238)

This I find shocking, not so much the actual occurrence of the accident, they can never be entirely prevented. But the fact that no one noticed until a second train had passed.


Title: Re: Fatal accident at Waterloo underground station, 2020.
Post by: Ralph Ayres on September 07, 2021, 04:00:36 pm
I was initially rather surprised too.  Waterloo Bakerloo line platforms can though be remarkably quiet at times, and mid-morning when nearly everyone was staying at home during the first phase of the pandemic undoubtedly exacerbated that.  The RAIB report indicates that the platform was virtually deserted.  Add in the sharply-curved platform and I can just about understand how someone could go unnoticed in person or on CCTV. 

The BBC article doesn't make clear that the man apparently got off the train safely, but then stumbled and fell. Without wishing to play down the particularly unpleasant nature of the fatality, the same person could have stumbled while walking by a busy road, been run over by a lorry and it would just have been regarded as one of those things that happen.



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