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Train passenger ‘was dragged 60 feet along a platform when driver set off with her hand caught in a door’

Woman’s hand was trapped at Hayes and Harlington Station in west London

Dragged 60ft then suffered bruising and injuries from falling as she freed it

Stephen Murdoch, 44, the driver, charged with ‘wilful omission or neglect’

Appeared at Islington Magistrates Court today but made no plea in the dock


10 January 2017

A train driver has appeared in court after a woman was dragged along a platform when he set off with her hand caught in a door, a court heard.

The woman’s hand was trapped when the driver set off, forcing her to run to try to keep up, the hearing was told.

After being dragged for 60 feet, the 60-year-old passenger managed to pull her hand free before losing her footing and falling onto the platform.

She suffered head, hand and back injuries at Hayes and Harlington station in west London on July 25 last year.

The woman was left with bruising and ‘injuries consistent with falling onto concrete’ after arriving on the platform just as the train to London Paddington was leaving at 1.10pm, magistrates were told.

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