Parsons Green Tube bomb survivor: attack made me want to live life to full

A survivor of the Parsons Green Tube bombing has told how the attack made him want to live life to the full onthe one-year anniversary of theexplosion .

Carpet salesman Peter Crowley was hailed a “legend” when he turned up for work immediatelyafter the bomb exploded metres away from him on the Tube train.

The device only partly detonated, saving many commuters from death, but sent a fireball shooting through the train, leaving 23 passengers suffering burns.

Speaking to the Standard, Mr Crowley said: “It’s made a difference to how I approach life. It made me realise how easy it is to be taken away from you.

"I spend more time doing family stuff now. I feel lucky to be alive.”

Parsons Green victim Peter Crowley, pictured during a TV interview, was hailed a hero after hewent straight to work following the attack (BBC)

Ahmed Hassan, of Surrey, was sentenced to lifein March after an Old Bailey jury found him guilty of attempted murder.

Hassan left a home-made bomb full of shrapnel on the District line train, which exploded as it stopped at Parsons Green .

Peter Crowley suffered head burns in the attack, causing his hair to fall out (Peter Crowley)

Mr Crowley was one of the 23 people injured. He suffered head burns, causing his hair to fall out. A further 28 people were injured in the resulting stampede as commuters fled the scene.

Mr Crowley, 37, of Sutton , recalled: “I was on my phone, right next to the bomb. As the door opened, there was an explosion sound. Everyone was covered in powder. It was chaos. Everyone was panicked.

CCTV shows the moment a fireball ripped through a Tube train at Parsons Green station

“I remember walking up to the platform and phoning my wife, just to let her know there had been an explosion and telling her not to worry.

“I thought it was a mechanism failure in the door. I walked back down and saw a guy whose jacket had melted at the back. There were shoes on the floor. There was money where people scrambled to get away.

The empty Tube train after the bomb was detonated (Met Police/PA)

“I headed towards a TfL worker who asked me to show where it happened. I took him towards it and then backed off in case it ignited.”

Firearms commander Jordan Lammas, of British Transport Police, was the first inspector at the scene.

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Ahmed Hassan was sentenced to life in March over the Parsons Green attack (Met Police)

He told the Standard: "People were in a state of shock, of panic. Some had burn marks.

"But British Transport Police haswell practised plans to rise to the terror threat and we put them into place."

Mr Crowley, meanwhile, who has since been promoted at work to become sales manager, said he was initiallyin “denial” about the explosion as he continued to work.

He said: “I didn’t acknowledge it was a terror attack. I think I was in denial. I defaulted to a state of mind where ‘this sort of thing doesn’t happen to me’.

“I remember being worried about scanning my Oyster card so I didn’t get charged a ridiculous amount. I was new to the job and didn’t want to be late, so I continued into work. It was only at about lunchtime that I began to accept it was something more.”

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