East London’s commute to work was thrown into disarray (May 26) after the key Canning Town hub station was shut down.
The station, with DLR and Tube links, was evacuated after reports of a woman became trapped between a platform and a Tube train at about 8.20am.
Witness Georgia Riley told the Evening Standard : “I heard lots of screaming and she shouted something about being in a lot of pain.
“I didn’t see but somebody said if the Tube moved, her leg would have just gone. She sounded like she was in so much pain.”
TfL later confirmed that a woman had her foot caught between a train and the platform, triggering a major 999 response with police, fire engines and ambulances on call.
Transport for London said on Twitter delays were being caused by a “customer incident”.
A TfL spokesman said: “We needed to get the train up so we could get her foot out from underneath. We managed to get the train up using a jack and released the woman.”
Although the station re-opened shortly after 9am, the impact across east London was immediately evident with people tweeting pictures of delays at Canada Water as Jubilee line trains were halted between Stratford and North Greenwich and the DLR held up.
Passengers in Stratford found a secondary route via the Central line disrupted too after a signal failure at East Acton. The problems started at 7am and were fixed but there were immediate knock-on effects.
There were still delays up to an hour after the stations were re-opened.