7/7 inquest: Survivor left trapped under Tube doors

Screen grab taken from video footage taken by emergency services of the 7/7 bomb wreckage of the train near Edgware Road Tube station. Mohammad Sidique Khan detonated his device in a tunnel near Edgware Road Tube station in 2005

A survivor of the 7 July bombings in London has described the moment he was blown off his feet and left trapped under a set of Tube train doors.

Daniel Belsten told an inquest one of the blasts left him lying on the floor feeling like he was being electrocuted.

He was on the same Edgware Road train as bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan who killed himself and six others in 2005.

The inquests into the deaths of the 52 victims began in October, and are expected to last several months.

'Burning metal'

Mr Belsten said: "I just felt a whack to the side of my head. I saw a white flash, everything was in slow motion. I felt like I was falling through the floor of the carriage.

"I could feel hot metal burning, I felt like I was being electrocuted.

"I felt like my legs were on the track and they were going down the track and my legs were being sliced off.

"I just remember the doors being on top of me. I was trapped down on the floor then looked up."

Eventually help arrived and the doors were lifted off the dazed passenger, allowing him to sit down in a seat, the inquest heard.

He said he sat for a long period of time and was given a glass of water before being led to a platform while still shaky.

"I looked down at my legs and they were still there. I just felt a bit relieved. I just sat there, in shock, a bit dazed," he said.

Suitcase shield

He recounted the scene of carnage before him, including seeing a man previously dressed in a suit sitting in his underwear and a woman who was short of breath crying out and holding her chest.

He recalled: "I just sat there, just staring into space, I was just looking, just thinking it's crazy the situation I was in."

Mr Belsten was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington with a fractured cheekbone and left arm, plus damaged ears.

Prof John Tulloch Prof Tulloch has suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

Later, an academic on the same train told the inquest he was partially shielded from the force of the blast by the three bags at his feet.

Professor John Tulloch said he had just returned from Australia and had his suitcase, cabin bag and laptop bag resting by his legs when the bomb detonated.

"I had my three bags because I wanted to be out the door first. Almost instantly something quite severe happened," he said.

"I had no recollection, I didn't... hear anything, but there was a strong yellow to deep orange colour - the whole carriage was this colour.

"I briefly saw the carriage and the best way to describe it was, it seemed it was being stretched and pulled. I don't recall seeing anything flying about."

He said he lost consciousness then came round lying on his back in the dark surrounded by glass.

He started to feel his legs as the adrenaline cut in, and recalled feeling "very good" that they were still there, he added.

Prof Tulloch said he still had shrapnel inside his head and had suffered damage to both eardrums and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Laura Webb Jonathan Downey Colin William Morley Jennifer Vanda Nicholson Michael Stanley Brewster David Graham Foulkes Laura Webb Jonathan Downey Colin William Morley Jennifer Vanda Nicholson Micheal Stanley Brewster David Graham Foulkes

Laura Webb

Age: 29

Laura Webb

Ms Webb was from Islington in north London and worked as a personal assistant with DDB Europe, an advertising company, based in Paddington. Witness statements indicate that she survived for a short period after the explosion, despite being the second closest to the bomber. A number of passengers tried in vain to save her and to maintain her circulation, with the help of other commuters who shouted instructions.
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Jonathan Downey

Age: 34

Jonathan Downey

Mr Downey lived in Milton Keynes and worked in human resources for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of the capital's main councils. He and his wife had taken the same train to Euston before parting. His widow said he "lived life to the full and enjoyed the day for the day".
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Colin William Morley

Age: 52

Colin William Morley

Mr Morley, a married father of three, was a marketing consultant who used his skills to help charities use the strength of their brands for social good. He was found lying near the body of David Foulkes and the evidence suggests that he was killed in the immediate explosion. Mr Morley's wife later wrote that her husband was so dedicated to helping others that he left "a most magical beautiful light" wherever he went.
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Jennifer Vanda Nicholson

Age: 24

Jennifer Vanda Nicholson

Miss Nicholson was standing by the carriage doors and was blown out of the train by the force of the explosion. The talented musician, who commuted daily from Reading, was working for a specialist music publisher when she was killed. Miss Nicholson did not usually take the train she boarded that day. Problems on her usual line led her to take the Circle Line instead. The evidence suggests she was killed instantly.
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Michael Stanley Brewster

Age: 52

Michael Stanley Brewster

Michael Brewster, known as Stan, was married with two children. The senior project engineer for Derbyshire County Council had been in London for a conference. Fellow passengers made considerable efforts to try save him at the scene, but he succumbed to his injuries. Mr Brewster's family spent a week searching London for him, until police confirmed he was one of the victims.
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David Graham Foulkes

Age: 22

David Graham Foulkes

Mr Foulkes, from Oldham, was a media sales manager for the Guardian newspaper, based in Manchester, where he lived with his parents and sister. He was making plans to move in with his girlfriend, Stephanie Reid, and she and his family said he was enjoying life and his career. Mr Foulkes was in London for a meeting with a colleague. The evidence indicates he was killed instantly.
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