As new details continue to emerge from the scene of the London Bridge attack that claimed the lives of seven victims and resulted in at least four dozen more people being wounded, one woman is being hailed as a hero for using her body to barricade shut a door while upwards of 20 civilians fled the premises.
The incident was recounted to Sky News by taxi driver Aksha Patel, who picked up the brave woman and her partner just moments after the terrifying incident took place.
“There was two passengers, they came out of the Black and Blue restaurant,” he said. “How they described it to me was they were preventing the guys from getting into the restaurant. She knew they were bad people trying to break in. She managed to hold the door for a few seconds but they overpowered her.”
Those few seconds were all it took for a crowd of panicked restaurant patrons to find their escape from the terrorists’ clutches.
“People managed to escape through the rear door so she saved maybe 20 peoples’ lives,” Patel said.
Chaos broke out on Saturday night when a van suddenly drove into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge, mowing down an untold number of innocents, before a group of assailants jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing passersby. Police have characterized the incident as a terrorist attack.
The heroic woman was not the only civilian who attempted to fend off the attackers. A slew of eyewitness reports have surfaced about people who used improvised weapons, like pint glasses and barstools, to fight off the knife-wielding terrorists before they could inflict more casualties.
One taxi driver even told LBC Radio about how he tried to use his cab to “ram” the suspected attackers as they carried out their rampage on London Bridge.