Pictured: Disabled passenger’s dog moments before its death

Pictured: Disabled passenger’s Shih Tzu dog moments before it was dragged to its death when train driver didn’t see its lead get stuck in doors

  • Rose Barry had been trying to board a train at Elstree and Borehamwood 
  • The 75-year-old watched as her dog Jonty was pulled away by his lead 
  • Report into the accident said better on-board technology could have helped 
  • The report also suggested Rose could have also become trapped because of her scarf 

A disabled train passenger’s Shih Tzu dog was dragged to its death when the driver didn’t see its lead was caught in the doors.

Rose Barry watched her poor pooch Jonty being pulled off into the distance after the train doors closed as she was trying to board with her pet.

Now, a report looking into the accident, which occurred in September last year has found that on-board technology could have help prevent the tragedy.

A picture, taken from the report, shows how retired nurse Rose can do nothing but look on in horror as the train doors closed as she was trying to board, trapping her dog’s lead and her belongings inside the carriage.


Rose (left) had to watch as her pooch Jonty (right) was dragged to his death along the platform

A picture from the report shows Rose trying to pull the lead out of the train doors before it departs

Instead of checking his mirrors, the driver pulled out of Elstree and Borehamwood Station, in Hertfordshire, with the dog still stuck, pulling it along the platform.

Investigators looking into the incident discovered that the 75-year-old had been wearing a long scarf, which came dangerously close to her being pulled to her death with her dog.

CCTV of the event from September revealed the dog’s lead becoming trapped as the doors closed on the departing train.

Jonty became trapped on the platform at Elstree & Borehamwood station (pictured above) 

Panicked, the Rose tried to raise the alarm by waving her arms and shouting – but the train pulled off into the distance.

According to The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), the driver missed the passenger on his on-board train cameras.

Rose had been ‘standing close’ to the train when he decided to close the doors before it was safe to leave the station.

Modern trains include an obstacle-detection system, but a thin object, such as the lead, wasn’t picked up by the sensors.

Devastated Mr Barry claims she was left screaming for help as Jonty was dragged along the platform and onto the tracks by the train, but said still no one came to her aid

Rose was left very distressed following the accident which happened in September last year 

The RAIB recommended that Govia Thameslink Railway develop guidance on what time drivers should close their train doors.

It was also suggested that their onboard technologies were investigated to ‘better assist train staff to detect people or items’.

A spokesman for the RAIB said: ‘At around 2.03pm on Friday, September 7, 2018, a passenger and her dog were involved in a train dispatch accident at Elstree and Borehamwood station.

Retired nurse Rose shows a picture of Jonty on her iPad

‘As the passenger was boarding the train, the doors closed trapping her dog’s lead, while the passenger and the dog were left standing on the platform.

‘The train then departed, dragging the dog off the platform and into the gap between the platform and train. The dog suffered fatal injuries.

‘The passenger was not physically injured but was very distressed by the accident. In slightly different circumstances, the passenger herself could have become trapped by the long scarf she was wearing.’

He added that the driver has been operating trains on the Thameslink route from Bedford into central London since 2003.

Rose had previously told how her disability sometimes meant she needed a little bit more help when boarding a train.

In September, she said: ‘I have been travelling for 20 years and did everything correctly when I boarded the train on Friday, it’s just my disability means I sometimes need a little extra help.

Rose (pictured above) said she had been out with Jonty who was on a short leash 

‘I had my folding walker and my bag, and was holding Jonty on a short leash.

‘He was nervous because he wasn’t used to travelling on the train but had recently become more confident in doing so. As the train arrived, I waited to get onto the disabled carriage.

‘But to my horror, I found the step was so high it was a struggle to get in on my own, and there was no guard on the platform.

‘I managed to put my bag on board, and had turned around to pick up Jonty when the doors suddenly closed, trapping Jonty’s lead.’

Govia Thameslink Railway has been contacted for comment.

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