- The 32-year-old jumped onto tracks at Old Street on Sunday morning
- A 35-year-old, thought to be his brother, tried to save him as train arrived
- Both men were hit. The older brother died while the younger is in hospital
- Police are investigating and are appealing for witnesses to come forward
A man who died after he was hit by a London tube train was trying to save his younger brother who had jumped down onto the tracks.
Both men - brothers who lived separately in Manchester and London - were hit by an oncoming train on Sunday morning.
It is understood the 32-year-old man from Manchester may have jumped down onto the Tube line to recover an item such as a watch or a mobile phone.
A man was hit by a tube train and died as he tried to help his brother who went on the tracks. File photo
His older brother, from London, jumped down in a bid to drag him back onto the platform at Old Street Tube station as a train approached. Both men were hit.
The 35-year-old from London died in hospital later the same day. His younger brother, who hasn't been named but is from Manchester, suffered serious injuries and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
As spokesman for British Transport Police said: 'The incident happened on Sunday, 29 March, shortly after 12.20am when officers received reports that a person had been struck by a train.
'On arrival officers discovered two men with serious injuries. The men, one aged 32 from Manchester and the other aged 35 from London were treated at the scene by colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and then taken to Royal London Hospital in a critical condition.'
One Tube worker said a man had been spotted dropping something onto the track on CCTV.
He said: 'They played the CCTV and you could see that the man dropped something down onto the track, a mobile phone or a wallet or something, and even though the train was coming he went down to try and get it.'
British Transport is investigating the incident and wants to speak to anyone who saw what happened
'The other person who tried to help him was then hit as they were leaning over and trying to help him back up. But the train came along and hit him too. It was really tragic,' the tube worker added.
'It happened at the back of the platform, just as the train pulls in so maybe they didn't realise how close the train was.'
Another witness said the first man went on the tracks to retrieve something: 'The man dropped something down onto the track, a mobile phone or something, and then somehow he's got into trouble down there.
'This other person then tried to help him out and pull him up back onto the platform in time before the train came, but it wasn't in time and they both got hit.'
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Adrian Naylor said: 'I am keen to speak to anyone who was at the station or on the platform when the incident happened to help us understand how the two men came to be struck by a train.'