The fiancé of a woman killed in the London Bridge attack told a man to ‘stop filming’ after she was dragged under the wheels of a van, an inquest has heard.
Christine Archibald, 30, suffered an ‘almost instantaneous’ death when she was hit by the rented vehicle on June 3, 2017 as she walked with Tyler Ferguson on London Bridge.
The Canadian couple, who were living in the Netherlands, were visiting London for the weekend and had just been for dinner when the horrific attack unfolded.
Just moments before Christine, known as Chrissy, grabbed Tyler ‘out of nowhere’ and told him how much she loved him before passionately kissing him, the Old Bailey was told.
Bus driver Anton Sobanski said he returned to his vehicle after the attack to find the bottom deck deserted except for an empty pram, with passengers sheltering upstairs.
He said: ‘There was a man upstairs at the back and he was trying to film where Chrissy and someone – I believe it was Tyler – telling him “stop filming”.’
Speaking about the attack, Tyler said he saw a man screaming as he ran down the road and heard the screeching of tyres as the vehicle approached from behind.
He then said he heard a ‘loud thud’, and added: ‘I then looked for Chrissy. She was no longer next to me.
‘I realised she had been hit by the van.’
Tyler was seen on CCTV running after the van and crouching over her body, which had been carried down the road under the chassis.
He said: ‘She was lying on her back, her dress had been ripped off by the van, so she was naked at this stage.
‘I remember looking down at her mangled body as she convulsed and released the physical life from her body.’
Tyler said he had to ‘scoop out fragments of teeth’ to clear his fiancée’s airway before performing CPR – but saw blood come from her mouth as he tried to breathe into it.
He continued: ‘I knew in this moment she was dead.
‘Four people helped drag Chrissy’s body to the north side of the bridge to try and help her, but it was clear to me by this time our efforts were futile.’
Tyler said it took him more than an hour to notice what was happening around him, and told the inquest: ‘It was chaos and mayhem. It was a warzone’.
The inquest heard Tyler realised Chrissy’s engagement ring came off during the impact so he ran back down the bridge to find it, but realised it would be an ‘almost impossible task’.
The ring was later found and Tyler now wears it everyday on a chain around his neck.
Chrissy was one of eight people killed by Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, during their van and knife rampage on London Bridge and in Borough Market.
The other victims were Xavier Thomas, 45, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39.
The attackers, who wore fake explosive belts, were shot dead by police.
An inquest into the attack continues.