Tube passengers have described the terrifying moment thick smoke poured into their carriage forcing a mass evacuation of a major underground station. Frantic commuters were forced to flee Oxford Circus, in London, this morning as firefighters launched an emergency investigation into the fire alert.
“I got on the tube at Charing Cross and when I got on I could smell an acrid burning plastic smell,” one passenger told BuzzFeed News. “We left Charing Cross into the tunnel and the wheels were screeching as if they were caught against something. All of a sudden smoke just started pouring into the carriage. It was panic. People were running down the carriage and getting down on the floor. But they couldn’t – it was just thick.”
London Ambulance Service said it treated four patients at the station and rushed two people to hospital. The Bakerloo Line is suspended and Oxford Circus remains closed. Commuters on board the Tube have described the rising panic as smoke filled the carriage and travellers started to “cough up” and “get down”. London Fire Brigade are investigating.