Father of 10 crushed to death between trains after falling into gap

Gama Mohamed Warsame, 59 and from Tower Hamlets, was killed after ‘stumbling’ and falling into the gap (Image: BPM Media)

The family of a war hero who was crushed to death between two London Underground trains has demanded that Transport for London “take responsibility”.

Gama Mohamed Warsame, 59, from Tower Hamlets, was killed after he ‘stumbled’ on the platform of the northbound Bakerloo Line at 10:06am on 26 May 2020 at Waterloo Station and fell into the gap between the platform and the train had fallen.

Despite trying to flee and waving his hands for 20 seconds, the father of 10 children was crushed by the first train and dragged 16m and then crushed again by a second train which applied an emergency stop after a passenger on the platform crashed alerted the driver.

A post-mortem found Mr Warsame died from “catastrophic trauma” to his brain, heart and lungs.

On the first day of an inquest at the Inner South London Coroner’s Court, his daughter read a touching statement in which she applauded her father’s “selfless” nature and called him a “hero of his country”. But she slammed TfL for not being there when he needed her.

Samara Mohamed added: “We believe that our father’s death happened for a reason other than just an accident and that changes need to be made to help someone else.

“After all, he was a remarkable person and sometimes something remarkable has to happen to change the world.

“We as a family want TfL and London Underground to take responsibility to raise awareness of what is happening on their platforms.”


Mr Warsome was killed in May 2020 (Image: BPM Media)


Just 85 seconds after being caught between the first train and the platform, another train came and crushed him again (Image: BPM Media)

An investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) previously found that the operational monitors – which allowed drivers to see problems on the platform – “were inadequate to identify a person who had fallen into the gap” after investigators conducted a simulation test with a mannequin had performed.

RAIB lead investigator Richard Brown admitted: “What the driver was able to see at the time is unrecorded, so we don’t really know.”

Still images of the simulation run were shown to the court, showing how difficult it was to see a passenger on the platform or in the gap.

Mr Brown explained that the cameras did not meet the 1997 or 2000 “requirement for the size of a person appearing on a monitor” although he noted the drivers were in good health, well rested and had their eyesight tested.


The judges were shown a diagram to explain why a large gap appears on a curved platform (Image: BPM Media)

Even when the court was shown how the curvature of the platform created the gap through which Mr Warsame fell, the chief medical examiner still appeared nonplussed, saying, “It seems surprising that anyone could actually fit in that gap?”

Mr Brown also said the platform was noisy: “You had to be pretty close to people to have a normal conversation.

“You had to yell… If someone was more than a carriage or two away, they would have a hard time understanding you.”

CCTV footage does not record any sound, so it is not known if Mr Warsame called for help when he fell.

The court heard how Mr Warsame fought in Somalia’s civil war, during which he was tortured and had shrapnel wounds to his legs. He fled the country and was granted asylum in the UK, where he had lived for 30 years at the time of his death.

But his years of struggles had left him with undiagnosed PTSD, which his family says he self-treated with alcohol.

Mr Warsame’s blood alcohol level was 300 mg per liter, which “is usually associated with a coma and possibly death,” which pathologist Dr. Simon Poole to comment on how “very high levels of alcohol in his blood and urine may have affected his coordination and balance and made him prone to falls.

Reports from GPs show that Mr. Warsome was diagnosed with alcohol addiction in 2009 and referred to addiction charity RESET.

The investigation will continue this week.

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