London tube chaos as terrified passengers smash windows to escape 'fire'
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Terrifying footage from a London tube stop shows a group of passengers smash through a window to escape a trapped carriage.
The shocking clip from Clapham Common sees panicked Londoners shouting and screaming as they try to claw their way out of the train.
This all seemed to come about after there appeared to be an overhead sign on the platform which read: "Emergency. Please leave the station immediately."
One horrified witness claimed there was a 'smoke smell' coming from the train and that the 'carriages were filling with smoke'.
They told The Mirror: "There was a smell of smoke on the train. The train went down about 5 carriages into the tunnel and stopped, the train on the opposite side pulled in and people were running to get off the platform.
"The whole time the the carriages were filling with smoke and the doors did not or would not open and when we tried to open them they only opened maybe 10cm.
"Thanks to the workman on the platform on their way home they had hammers and other tools to smash all the windows for everyone to get out, no response from station staff at all even with everyone’s scream for help."
They described the situation as 'absolute carnage'.
Twitter user Jake Sharp - who shared a video of the incident online - wrote: "Stuck on the train at Clapham Common and carriages filling with smoke, doors won’t open if it wasn’t for workmen on the platform we wouldn’t have got out!
"@TfL you should be ashamed! The response from station staff was horrific!"
One person commented: "I was on that tube. Was very dicey and unpleasant!"
Another wrote: "Why the doors were locked I don’t know / why there were no station staff to get people away from the incident also not clear."
While a third viewer also pointed out: "Yet other commuters just carrying on as normal. Weird."
"Well done all of you who helped people out of the train," a fourth added.
LADbible has contacted TfL for comment.
Just yesterday (4 April), TfL revealed that they are seeking 'final' High Court orders restricting the actions of scores of activists linked to the Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil environmental protest groups.
This week, London’s transport network operator secured an injunction lasting five years against 129 named Insulate Britain protesters, as well as 'persons unknown', preventing them blocking certain strategic roads around the capital.
TfL is also asking the court to grant another overlapping final order against more than 160 protesters connected to Just Stop Oil to limit their potential impact on specific London roads and locations.