Passengers flee in terror as rush-hour Tube train catches fire at Oxford Circus station with choking smoke filling the carriages
2017-Aug-11 | By News Admin
  • Two people hospitalised and four treated by paramedics after train catches fire
  • Terrified commuters seen fleeing Oxford Circus as smoke fills underground 
  • Bakerloo Line suspended and station shut as emergency services investigate 

Passengers have fled in terror after a rush-hour Tube train caught fire at Oxford Circus station this morning. 

Shocking footage obtained by MailOnline shows choking smoke filling the carriages as commuters cough and splutter in panic. 

Police say the station has been closed while emergency services investigate as two have been rushed to hospital.    

The train was travelling on the Bakerloo line when smoke began billowing from inside the carriages. 

Witnesses in the area described an acrid and chemical smell coming from the train like 'burning plastic'.

Shocking photographs taken by passengers show trapped commuters holding their nose on board the train and clouds of smoke pouring from the carriage at it arrived into the station. 

Reports on social media describe how alarmed commuters and tourists were seen running up the stairs, away from the platform as smoke filled the underground tunnel. 

One woman said the evacuation process was '******* terrifying' as they had no idea what was going on. 

British Transport Police said the station has been closed while the Bakerloo Line has been suspended as emergency services investigate.

A spokesman said it was not being treated as suspicious or as a potential terror attack, amid concerns on social media.   

Those caught up in the panic have taken to social media to describe the incident.

Commuter Katie Watts posted to Twitter: 'Just got off the tube at Oxford Circus and the train across the platform was on fire, got evacuated out.'

She said the evacuation was orderly but another disagreed, describing it as 'absolute madness'.

Tom Richell was about to enter the station as alarms were sounded. He told The Sun: 'People were flooding out of the station. An alarm was going off with an announcement asking for the 'captain'.

'One woman looked at me and said 'don't go down there. Just get back'. She looked scared.

'Police arrived around three mins later. One small van at first then around three others then two fire engines.' 

A video taken by a passenger appears to show the Tube train in a tunnel and an alarm can be heard beeping.

Joe Bunting tweeted: 'Fire on the bakerloo line Oxford circus today - great Friday start.'

While @lucyjanefunnell posted: 'There's a fire at Oxford Circus tube. Bakerloo line is on fire and you can smell the black smoke going through. Hope everyone is ok!'

Sources : Dailymail