7/7 Survivor's Blog - By Rachel North

 MY JOURNEY ON THE TRAIN OF DEATH

Rachel North
 
I was on the Piccadilly Line of the London Tube, traveling from Kings Cross station to Russell Square. A bomb went off in my train carriage and 26 people died in the blast and 340 were maimed and wounded. Incredibly, I escaped with minor injuries. Everyday I remember my fellow passengers from the morning of July 7th 2005. I think of them often, especially those who did not finish their journey.

 

 I think of all those who loved them and knew them. I think of the injured, the desolate and those who mourn. I think of the victims of the other London bomb attacks. I think of all those whose lives were changed by the events of 7th July. I think of the victims of all 'acts of terrorism'.

I think of those who helped us on that morning and afterwards, the staff of London Underground, especially the drivers of our train and the staff of Russell Square and Kings Cross. I think of the police officers, the fire officers, the ambulance drivers, the emergency services, the doctors and nurses and surgeons. I think of the kindness of passers-by and we think of all those who love London and who thought of the people of the city on that day and who held us in their thoughts.'

I remember my fellow passengers from the fateful train: James Adams, Samantha Badham, Phillip Beer, Anna Brandt, Ciaran Cassidy, Rachelle Chung For Yuen, Elizabeth Daplyn, Arthur Frederick, Karolina Gluck, Gamze Gunoral,Lee Harris, Ojara Ikeagwu, Emily Jenkins, Adrian Johnson, Helen Jones, Susan Levy, Shelley Mather, Michael Matsushita, James Mayes, Behnaz Mozakka, Mihaela Otto,Atique Sharifi, Ihab Slimane, Christian Small, Monika Suchocka, Mala Trivedi.

I hold them in my thoughts

When we all got on the train we did not know that for some of us it would be a last journey, and that some of us would not come home. We did not all finish our journey together, but we carry you in our hearts. To all that loved you, knew you, worked with you, miss you, our thoughts are with you. Wherever we travel, we know that we are all fellow passengers, and we are with each other on our journey.

* See also 'Death Toll Mystery Of 7/7'  and '9/11 Inquiry Must Be Re-opened' (The-Latest, General News section).