'Lucky' tube passenger caught in seconds 7/7 blast

A woman who narrowly escaped one of the 7/7 bombings received a text from her boyfriend saying she had been lucky seconds before she was caught in a second blast, an inquest heard today.

Louise Barry was on the London Underground at Edgware Road when terrorist Mohammed Sidique Khan detonated a backpack packed with homemade explosives on another train that had just left the station.

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She was evacuated and ended up on the number 30 bus that was blown up in Tavistock Square by fellow suicide bomber Hasib Hussain.

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Australian Ms Barry texted her boyfriend straight after the Edgware Road blast to say she believed a bomb had gone off on the Tube.

Moments before the bus exploded her boyfriend replied: "Actually you were right, they were bombs, lucky you weren't involved."

One of the innocent victims of the bus attack insisted just before the blast that the earlier disruption on the Tube was caused by a power surge, the inquest heard.

While on the bus, Ms Barry used her mobile phone to tell her brother in Australia that she believed bombs were going off in London that day.

She recalled that fellow passenger Sam Ly stood up and turned around to her, saying: "No, I've spoken to my boss at work... He was at that station and it's a power surge."

Minutes later Hussain, 18, set off his device, killing himself and 13 others.

Mr Ly, 28, a Vietnamese-born computer technician from Melbourne, Australia, was severely injured in the blast and died in hospital a week later.

Ms Barry was living in Westbourne Park, west London, and working in marketing in Islington, north London, at the time of the attacks on July 7 2005.

She was standing on a Tube train which was waiting at the platform at Edgware Road when she heard a loud bang like a "lightning strike crack".

After being evacuated, Ms Barry ended up boarding the number 30 bus just before it arrived at Euston station and found a seat at the rear of the lower deck.

The Australian recalled that she and the other passengers discussed what had happened on the Tube and the previous day's news that London had won the 2012 Olympics.

"It became kind of a social atmosphere, very unlike being on any public transport in London," she said via videolink from Australia.

Ms Barry said the explosion on the bus was muffled, like being "deeply underwater", and she at first thought she was having an epileptic fit.

She told the inquest: "I heard these voices: 'Everything's fine, tell her everything's going to be OK, everything's fine'.

"And I think they were the people on the bus that I had been talking to, so I thought they were looking at me having a seizure."

Ms Barry was brought back to reality when she felt boiling water from the bus's radiator dripping on her arm.

Thinking the water was petrol, she feared it could blow up and realised she had to get out.

"I was surrounded by bodies and I crawled through them, through the legs of people - that's what it felt like," she said.

"Then, as I was crawling through, I lost my shoes and my bag ripped off - I had a shoulder bag - and then I staggered up and suddenly it was gone, it was daylight.

"And then I was just standing at the back of the bus and I was looking around. I couldn't scream - I wanted to scream but no voice came out."

Ms Barry needed hospital treatment for wounds to her arm, leg and head, the inquest heard.

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