A mom of two, who misplaced an arm and a leg when she was hit by two London Underground trains, says she is suing Transport for London (TfL).
Sarah de Lagarde suffered the horrific accidents after she fell into the hole between a stationary prepare and the platform at High Barnet station in north London in September 2022.
The 46-year-old stated she slipped on a moist and uneven platform and “fell into the darkness”.
The fall initially left her with a damaged nostril and two damaged entrance enamel.
However she then misplaced her proper arm when the prepare left the platform and regardless of shouting for assist, no one heard her, so when the following prepare got here into the station, she misplaced her proper leg.
She now makes use of two prosthetic limbs, together with a bionic arm.
Speaking on The UK Tonight With Sarah-Jane Mee, Ms de Lagarde stated she has launched authorized motion in opposition to TfL, which she says, has not accepted accountability for what occurred.
Ms de Lagarde stated that for the reason that accident, “I’ve been trying to engage with TFL” to debate “mapping out the learnings because acceptance of failures leads to innovation.
“I’ve had no response, no engagement, no apology, and now a proper denying of legal responsibility of accountability. For me, that leaves me no different possibility… and authorized motion is what I now need to resort to, not what I needed to do.”
She stated: “I am calling on Sadiq Khan again to meet me and other victims of the London Transport Network to discuss these issues urgently before anyone else gets hurt or killed in this way.”
Ms de Lagarde, who works in communications, claims the Mayor of London’s workplace has turned down her requests for a gathering with Mr Khan, regardless of an intervention from Sir Keir Starmer – the Labour chief is Ms de Lagarde’s MP.
Mr Khan is chairman of the TfL board.
“We need there to be an independent and comprehensive review of TfL’s safety procedures so that meaningful lessons can be learned,” she stated.
Accidents are nonetheless occurring on the capital’s transport community, she claimed.
Speaking exterior the Royal Courts of Justice in central London on Wednesday, she stated: “There were no staff on that platform, and no one was watching CCTV. No one had responded to my screams for help.
“Twenty-two tonnes of metal crushed my limbs, and, if that wasn’t dangerous sufficient, I remained on the tracks undetected till the second prepare got here into the station, crushing me for a second time.
“A few weeks before I was hit by the two Tube trains, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with my husband, which was a lifelong dream of mine.
“I felt on high of the world, and in a single day all that modified. I’m now severely disabled for all times.”
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Nick Dent, director of buyer operations at London Underground, stated: “TfL is responding to a legal claim which has been brought by solicitors on behalf of Sarah De Lagarde and I am not in a position to comment publicly further.
“However, our ideas proceed to be with Sarah and her household following the devastating incident at High Barnet station and we have now supplied her direct assist.
“Safety is our top priority and we continue to take every possible measure to learn from any incident and put in place appropriate improvements.”
A spokesperson for Mr Khan stated: “The mayor’s thoughts remain with Sarah and her loved ones. He has asked to be kept updated and is very keen to meet with Sarah once the claim is resolved.”