Dad-of-10 crushed to death by two trains baffles investigators as family fumes

The family of a dad-of-ten who was crushed to death between two underground trains are demanding Transport for London (Tfl) takes responsibility.

Gama Mohamed Warsame, 59, 'stumbled' and fell between the platform and train of Waterloo Station's Bakerloo line at 10.06am on May 26, 2020, MyLondon reports.

The Somalian war hero desperately tried escaping the tracks and waved his hands frantically for 20 seconds before he was crushed and dragged over 50ft by the first train, and then crushed again by a second train.

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A much-delayed inquest has heard the driver of the second train applied emergency brakes as someone on the platform raised the alarm but a post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Warsame died of 'catastrophic trauma' to his brain, heart, and lungs.

In a report, pathologist Dr Simon Poole said that Mr Warsame's blood alcohol levels were 300mg per litre which 'is normally associated with a coma and possibly death'.

Today (Tuesday, September 21) at the Inner South London Coroner's Court, Mr Warsame's daughter Samara Mohamed praised her 'selfless' dad who was 'a hero to his country', before slamming TfL.

"Sadly in the last moments of his life, he needed help and no-one was there to help him," Ms Mohamed said.

She added: "We believe our father's death happened for some other reason than just an accident and changes need to happen to help someone else."

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An investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) did a simulation test with a mannequin which found the operations monitors which drivers use to see the platform were 'unsuitable for identifying a person fallen in the gap.'

RAIB lead investigator Richard Brown admitted: "What the driver could see at the time is not recorded, so we don't actually know."

The court heard how the curvature of the platform at Waterloo led to the gap Mr Warsame fell down, which at its smallest was 264mm wide.

Senior coroner Andrew Harrison still seemed baffled, stating: "It does seem surprising that someone could actually fit in that gap?"

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The CCTV on the platform did not record sound so it remains unclear if Mr Warsame called for help.

Mr Brown also revealed the platform to be noisy. "You needed to shout… If anyone was more than a carriage or two distance away they would struggle to hear you."

In a report, pathologist Dr Simon Poole said: "Very high levels of alcohol in his blood and urine might have affected his co-ordination and balance and made him predisposed to falling."

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But speaking to the court, toxicologist Dr Susan Paterson went a step further to say the alcohol levels 'probably would have' made him 'predisposed to falling'.

She added: "This is an extremely high level that would have affected anyone."

His family explained that despite not having a drinking problem, Mr Warsame drank as a 'social thing' for 'the PTSD he had'.

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