Eyewitness tells of ‘shock’ after woman falls on to Bromley South track

PUBLISHED: 11:23 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:36 01 September 2017

Bromley South station

Bromley South station


The woman died at the scene

A 51-year-old woman has died after falling on to the tracks at Bromley South over the weekend.

British Transport Police officers were called to the station at around 11.20am on Saturday along with paramedics.

A spokesperson from BTP said: “We attended along with the ambulance service, but sadly a woman died at the scene.

“She was aged in her 50s and her next of kin has been informed.”

The station was evacuated in the wake of the incident, which British Transport Police confirmed was not being treated as suspicious.

Former paramedic Keith Larby was on his way to Notting Hill Carnival, about to board the Bromley South to London Victoria train when he arrived amidst the commotion.

“A lot of people were rushing past me as I walked on to the platform, that’s when I realised what had happened,” said the Biggin Hill resident.

“I was a paramedic with London Ambulance Service 23 years ago, but I’d never been called out to a person on the tracks, I called an ambulance and tried to give first aid.

“Everyone was in shock, I spoke to the driver and the guards, they couldn’t believe what had happened.

“Police evacuated the station but I could see the passengers on board the train looked quite concerned, I said to the attendants they should to evacuate people off the train too, as she was under the second carriage of the four-coach train.”

London Fire Brigade was also called minutes after the incident to assist paramedics, and left the scene 12.35pm.

The incident blocked all lines along the Bromley South route, with passengers still affected up to five hours later.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 11.21am on Saturday to reports of a person hit by a train at Bromley South Railway Station.

“We sent an ambulance crew and an incident response officer to the scene.”

A file is being prepared for the coroner.

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