Caught on camera: The moment a man collapses on a train… and heartless commuters STEP OVER his body

November 15, 2012 | by | 1 Comment

This is the astonishing moment dozens of heartless commuters – including two off-duty train workers – ignored a man who collapsed on a packed tube before stepping over him.

The shocking video shows a vulnerable man drop to the floor of the busy train travelling between Baker Street and Great Portland Street stations on the London Underground.

Shockingly, the clip shows passengers just staring at the man sprawled out on the floor with no-one rushing to his aid – or even asking if he is OK.

The man on the London Underground is standing up in blue jeans and a green coat

The man on the London Underground is standing up in blue jeans and a green coat

The passenger suddenly collapses and falls to the floor of the busy train

The passenger suddenly collapses and falls to the floor of the busy train

Astonishingly, two off-duty Transport for London workers were in the carriage still in their uniform at the time of the incident on Wednesday, but “carried on chatting like nothing had happened”.

Other commuters are seen coldly stepping over the man and trying not to look at him as they continue with their journey.

One passenger, who says he was physically unable to help, caught the depressing scenes on camera – as the man lay unconscious for 15 minutes.

The stunned cameraman later uploaded the clip to YouTube and apologised for not doing more – but slammed other passengers for being so uncaring.

He said: “I could not believe it, he hit the ground with such force.

A commuter walks on the train and ignores the man

A commuter walks on the train and ignores the man

Another passenger looks over his shoulder but doesn't stop to help

Another passenger looks over his shoulder but doesn’t stop to help

“People just started 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.

“The worst thing was two off-duty TFL workers were on the carriage at the time and they did absolutely nothing to help.

“They just carried on chatting like nothing had happened.

“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.

“She knelt down and asked if he was alright. She was so caring in comparison to the others.

A worker eventually comes to the aid of the stricken man

A worker eventually comes to the aid of the stricken man

Paramedics tend to the man on the platform

Paramedics tend to the man on the platform

“I can’t believe how many people ignored him.

“I wish I could have done more to help but I did not know what to do. I stayed until the paramedics arrived to make sure he was OK.”

The shocking footage, filmed between 12noon and 1pm on Wednesday, shows the man unconscious for five minutes until the train pulls into Great Portland Street station.

A woman then pulls the emergency stop – but then leaves the train without checking on the man. It is not for a further ten minutes that anyone comes to the man’s aid when a woman administered first aid until paramedics arrived.

A train worker is seen walking up to the unconscious man and appears to radio for help but does not try to help him in any other way.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “We were called to an incident at Great Portland Street Underground station at 12.35 after a man was taken ill.

“An ambulance was called and the 53-year-old man was taken to University College Hospital. We are not investigating the incident further.”

A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at about 12.30 to an incident were a man had been taken unwell at Great Portland Street.

“We sent one ambulance and a duty officer to the scene. Staff treated a 53 year-old man who was taken to University College Hospital.

“Witnesses at the scene said he appeared to be unwell and then fainted.”

A spokesman for University College Hospital, London, said they could not release details of patients’ conditions without their consent.

A spokesman for MP for London and Westminster Mark Field said: “This is not something Mark Field would comment on. I do not feel that the video is clear enough for us to pass comment.

“It looks like members of the public are waiting for medically trained people to arrive. And it seems strange that someone would be filming when the man collapsed.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Let’s just be clear, who on earth would stand by and film this and not help? It surely also makes it look like a prank to people that pass by if someone is filming on thier phone. Whoever dared to post this as thier film should be more ashamed.

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