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Survivor describes wartching Mohammed Sidique Khan detonating Edgware Road bomb just feet away in July 7 bombings
4:21pm Monday 8th November 2010 in News
SURVIVORS of the bomb which killed six people near Edgware Road Tube station started to give their accounts of the harrowing aftermath of the explosion today.
Finchley father-of-three Colin Morley was one of six people killed when Mohammed Sidique Khan detonated his home-made device on the Circle Line train on July 7, 2005, at 8.49am.
Daniel Biddle was stood less than ten feet from Khan in the second carriage and lost both his legs, his left eye and spleen.
He told the inquest he saw Khan “look up and down the train” before making an arm movement followed by a “blinding flash of light”.
He added: “The kind of noise you get when you tune a radio in. It felt like the carriage I was in expanded at a fast rate and then contracted quickly.”
He said he was thrown from the train and knocked unconscious for a moment, but woke up with flames across his body and his legs pinned down by the door itself.
Of Khan he said: “There was nothing about him that made me think he was dangerous in any way or anything like that. If there was I would have got off the train and got help.
“He just looked like a normal guy going to work or visiting London.”
Surgeons removed his keys and £7.40 in loose change from his leg during subsequent operations at St Mary's Hospital, and he still has a 20p piece lodged in his thigh.
South African Adrian Heili, who served in Kosovo for the Austrian army, was on the third carriage and climbed under the train after he heard Mr Biddle screaming.
He told the court how it was more than 25 minutes he and London Underground worker Lee Hunt kept Mr Biddle alive, applying a tourniquet to both his badly damaged legs and keeping him calm.
Mr Heiliu, who had travelled from Harrow-on-the-Hill, had to send passengers looking to get out of the tunnel back in order to stop them from stepping over Mr Biddle.
He told the court how the “hardest decision” he had to make was leaving the body of another passenger on the tracks, and said he helped move bodies inside the wrecked carriage to clear a path for emergency workers.
When asked about the quality of the first aid kit supplied by London Underground workers he admitted it was “very basic” and did not even contain plastic gloves.
Coroner Lady Justice Haslett told him Mr Biddle was “very fortunate” he had come to his aid, adding “I do not believe the brave Mr Biddle would have survived but for your intervention.”