A transvestite dressed in women’s clothes was apparently pushed under a tube at King’s Cross last night as horrified commuters looked on.
The man fell to his death as the Piccadilly line train pulled into King’s Cross just after 6.30 last night.
A 34-year-old woman from Cricklewood was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is today being questioned by British Transport Police (BTP).
Initial reports suggested that a woman had died under the train, with witnesses reporting how they saw two women on the platform before the victim was killed.
However, it now emerged the dead person was a transvestite male, aged about 50, who was wearing a dress.
Witness reports suggest that the couple knew each other as they appeared to be joking and “pushing and pulling” each other on the edge of the platform before the tragedy unfolded.
A station worker said: “They were standing very close to the edge of the platform and it was jam-packed because it was the height of rush-hour.
“The whole platform is a crime scene, with a forensic tent and scene-of-crime officers. The body was left in place for hours, which caused serious delays.”
The incident caused havoc for commuters, who had to be evacuated through the tunnels. Ande Warner, 78, from Enfield, told the Evening Standard:
“We spent an hour being guided back along the tracks from the stuck train by staff. When we got to Caledonian Road there was nobody to help. I was with a diabetic woman about to go into a coma. It was horrendous and frightening. We only found out later that somebody had died.”
The dead man’s identity is still not known and his next of kin have not been traced.
Detective Superintendent Ashley Croft, BTP’s senior investigating officer, said:
“Several witnesses have come forward and CCTV from the station has been retrieved.
“We are working to build a picture of exactly what took place on the platform last night and I ask anyone who may have seen the incident to contact us.”
Anyone with any information should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40.
– Frankie Mullin