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Commuter in critical condition after being struck by rush hour Tube

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A man believed to be in his twenties is said to be in a critical condition after being struck in the head by a Tube train at Stockwell on Friday morning rush hour.

Witnesses said he was struck on the head by an approaching train, as he bent down to pick up his bag.

The London Ambulance Service said:

We were called at 8.53am to Stockwell Tube station to reports of an incident.

We sent an ambulance crew, a paramedic on a motorcycle, duty station officer and London’s Air ambulance to the scene.

We treated a man for head injuries and he was taken, by the ambulance crew, as a priority by to Kings College hospital.

'Stockwell station building' by Sunil060902 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

‘Stockwell station building’ by Sunil060902 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This latest incident comes just over a week after Nick Mann, a 35 year old journalist, died attempting to save his 32 year old brother Robert who had fallen onto the tracks at Old St station on March 28th.

Robert Mann remains in hospital.

Many commuters have reacted angrily to what they see as over crowded and unsafe conditions at many of London’s busiest Tube and train stations.

However in a statement released by London Underground, chief operating officer Nick Brown said:

Our emergency response team and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene. We are investigating the incident to understand exactly what happened but we have already established that while the station was busy, the platform was not overcrowded.

 Update 1/5/2015

The man injured in this incident died three days later in hospital.

He has been named as 27 year old marketing executive John Burgess who lived in Brixton.

He worked for a firm in the City of London.

The Evening Standard newspaper has published a background news article on Mr Burgess and the impact of his death on his family and friends.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into his death.

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