1943 Bethnal Green Tube Station Disaster
But this time, a woman carrying a baby tripped, and others near her fell. The stairs underground had no handrails on the sides of the staircase, no central dividing rail, and only one small light to illuminate a path. So more people got tangled up in the mass on the ground, and crushed those below them. There were also unconfirmed reports of panic caused by anti-aircraft guns going off, but this has never been proven. When it was all over, 173 were dead. And there had been no air raid – the siren going off was a drill.