A naked man on the track and a commuter jumping in front of a train further down the District Line caused rush hour chaos in london today.
Thousands of commuters were evacuated from Earl’s Court and Chiswick Park stations in two incidents around five minutes apart this morning.
British Transport Police were called to Earl’s Court at 8.55am a Tube customer was seen running on the tracks.
He then decided to lie down on the line – but staff were able to turn off the power before his leg touched the electrified rail.
An air ambulance landed next to the station as paramedics treated the man, who was described as being in ‘distress’.
Five minutes later in Chiswick Park, three miles down the District Line, commuters described their horror as someone jumped in front of a train and was killed.
Thousands of commuters had to rush out of Earl’s Court Tube today after a person was hit by a train
The air ambulance landed on a building site next to Earl’s Court after the naked man ran on the rails
Police also sealed off Chiswick Park where a man killed himself by jumping in front of the train
The air ambulance that landed close to Chiswick Park where the man killed himself
One witness suggested that a mother and baby may have seen the horror unfold.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to Chiswick Park Underground station at 8.55am today after reports of a person being struck a train.
‘Colleagues from the London Ambulance Service also attended, however, a person was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Officers are working to identify the person and inform their family. This incident is not currently being treated as suspicious.’
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The man on the tracks at Earl’s Court is not believed to be badly injured, although an air ambulance was also sent, landing on a nearby building site.
People caught up on the chaos slammed people who stopped to take photos and film the evacuation, causing more congestion.
Corah Norton tweeted: ‘Just got evacuated from Earls Court tube station and briskly tried to leave the train to avoid any dangers, but the amount of people stopping to take photos has astounded me. Evacuate means EVACUATE. I don’t want to be more at risk for your silly snapchat video’.
Earl’s Court was re-opened at around 10am.
BTP said ‘Officers were called to Earl’s Court station at 8.50am today after concerns for the welfare of a person on the tracks.
‘Officers attended alongside the colleagues from the London Ambulance Service, and a person was taken to a place of safety.’
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