7/7 inquest: Safety rules delayed firefighters

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Severely injured 7/7 survivors were trapped for more than an hour awaiting medical treatment because safety rules delayed firefighters from going down to a bombed train, an inquest heard today.

Suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay, 19, blew himself up on a Piccadilly line train between King's Cross and Russell Square stations in London at about 8.50am on July 7, 2005.

But one of the first police officers on the scene recalled it was around 10.15am before fire crews cut away a buckled door so paramedics could get to the worst casualties.

After witnessing the horrific scene in the bombed carriage, Sergeant Charles McGrotty ran back to the surface to get medical assistance for the dying and wounded, the inquests for the 52 victims of the 2005 London terrorist attacks heard.

He spoke to a senior member of London Ambulance Service in King's Cross station, who told him he "did not have the resources" to deal with the emergency at that time.

Sgt McGrotty said: "He was very uncomfortable with the information I was giving him."

The inquests heard that the first firefighters reached King's Cross at

9.13am but did not go down into the Tube tunnel to help until after a second fire crew arrived at the station at 9.42am.

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