WATCH: Tube Commuters Ignore Collapsed Man
Friday 16th November 2012
Dozens of commuters stepped over a man who collapsed on the Tube.
The footage from Great Portland Street on Wednesday shows a man falling to the floor on the London Underground train.
The train remains stopped at the station after someone pulled the emergency cord, but commuters simply walked past him - some even stepping over his prone body as they got off.
Two off-duty London Underground staff were even filmed looking at the man, but still not helping him.
LBC 97.3 reporter Kath Stanczyszyn states: "The video shows a middle aged man wearing casual clothing collapse and lay apparently unconscious on the floor of a packed tube train.
"Most people have seen what's happened - but stay in their seats. One woman even gets up and walks further down the carriage.
"Two people get up for a closer look - but many people step over him to get on and off the train - and five minutes go past before anyone intervenes. Eventually the man was helped to his feet at Great Portland Street - he was taken to hospital. "
The man who filmed the incident, who apologised for not helping, said: "I could not believe it, he hit the ground with such force. People just stared at him. I wish I had done more to help but I was with my two children at the time.
"It was shocking that no one went to help him - people just stepped over him or stayed on their seats and carried on having a natter.
"He was eventually helped by a good samaritan after about 15 minutes of just lying there before the paramedics and police arrived to take him away."
A spokesperson for TfL told LBC 97.3: "It is distressing to see a passenger fall ill and in this case the member of staff responding needed to request more advanced medical support than the basic training that all our staff receive.
"He immediately requested an ambulance then made an announcement to ask whether there was anyone with professional medical expertise and began to clear the train of passengers.
"Medically trained British Transport Police officers, who were brought to the Tube network earlier this year to improve our response to this sort of incident, arrived quickly to assist Tube staff who remained on the scene at all times."