July 7 survivor recalls Tube blast
A survivor of the July 7 London attacks has told how she at first thought she had been electrocuted when a bomb went off in her Tube train.
Cynthia Chetty suffered head injuries and was trapped under debris in the carriage blown up by suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer at Aldgate station.
Having escaped from the stricken train, she had to wait an hour before an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital, the inquests into the deaths of the 52 victims of the 2005 atrocities heard.
Mrs Chetty, whose maiden name is Ramsamy, graphically described the moment Tanweer detonated his device on the eastbound Circle Line train.
She said: "I remember first of all it was like a clicking sound and then there was just a bright white light that seemed to go on for quite a while. During that white light, I thought it was only me affected - maybe there was a power failure or something and I was being electrocuted, that's what I thought.
"I could hear screaming and I could smell smoke and I remember reaching out to try to stand up, and I couldn't move, I was stuck in the chair. Then everything just went black straight after that and I think I must have passed out or lost consciousness or something.
"When I woke up, I remember the carriage was full of smoke, completely dark and it was just chaos everywhere. But my hearing had gone so everything was really, really faint and I just remember looking round and some people were sitting, some people were on the floor, it was just a shock to see what I had seen."
A fellow passenger helped her off the train and to get back to the safety of the station, the hearing was told.
Mrs Chetty said she did not see any London Underground staff until she reached the platform. She said she waited for an hour before an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital.
She said: "I know we kept asking: 'Where are the ambulances? When are they coming?' And because of all the chaos, people say: 'They're on their way, they're on their way, they're on their way'."