"IT was carnage. There is no other word for it. What I saw will stay with me for the rest of my life."
The words today of Underground bomb blast survivor Julie Gruen, from Almondbury, who was on her way to work in Hammersmith on July 7.
And the words of a woman who almost became a victim of a suicide bomber who had grown up in her home town of Huddersfield- just two miles from her own home.
The 22-year-old had moved to the capital just a few months earlier after graduating from university and getting a job in London.
"Everything was normal.
"I got on the Tube and it was very busy. I was standing up," she said.
She had 16 stops to travel to get to work.
The train pulled into King's Cross and lots of people got off the packed commuter tube, but Julie remained on board.
Petite Julie, a former Honley High School pupil, managed to get a seat and got out her book to read for the next 10 minutes of her journey.
"All of a sudden there was a huge bang above my head.
"Something swung down and banged on my head.
"There was a huge fireball coming towards me.
"I thought my head was going to explode.
"It was like being on a rollercoaster.
"The pressure on my head and neck was immense. Then it disappeared."
Julie had been in the same carriage as Rawthorpe suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay when he set off a bomb which has so far claimed the lives of 26 people.
Julie and the bomber had been born and raised just two miles away from each other but their motives for being on the train that day were worlds apart.
Julie, who works as a sales executive for a publishing company, said: "I don't know if I stopped breathing but I remained conscious.
"I remember just looking into the fire.
"It was going to wipe us out.
"People were screaming. There were so many screams.
"We were shaken around and when the shaking stopped it was just black.
"There was lots of moaning and people saying `We are going to die'.
"One man was saying he couldn't feel his legs.
"All I could see was black smoke and people covered in black."
Stunned Julie said she looked across in the half-light and saw a man sat across from her who had severe leg injuries.
She added: "His legs had been ripped apart.
"I took off my jacket and pressed it onto his legs to try and stem the blood flow.
"I took off my cardigan because there was so much smoke. I thought it may be poisonous."
Julie added: "A man came across and held my hand. I needed reassuring.
"His face was covered in blood. We knew we had to remain calm."
Julie said she knew the emergency services would know what had happened and tried to stifle the terror that ran like a river through the carriage.
"It was just carnage. The windows had been blown out. Beams were hanging down.
"There were wires everywhere.
"Bodies were sprawled across the floor.
"Some were unconscious and some were dead."
The train driver came along with a flashlight and told the passengers he had called for help.
"It was pitch black. You could make out bodies.
"There was an awful smell. Burning rubber, burning flesh and a really bloody smell."
The terrified passengers were trapped underground for another 10 minutes.
They had no idea about the sickening attacks on othe commuters at Edgeware Road and Liverpool Street which claimed the lives of more innocent commuters.
"Someone pulled a door away.
"The roof of the carriage was on the floor.
"I stepped over people who were on the floor.
"One of my shoes had been blown off and the other was sloshing with blood.
"I walked down the tracks barefoot."
The harrowing sight of severely-injured and blood-soaked passengers caused other commuters to burst into tears when they emerged into the bright morning light at ground level at King's Cross.
"They didn't know what had happened. It really upset me to see them looking at us."
Julie and the man who had held her hand were taken to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.
Julie said: "I had to pinch myself in the ambulance to see if I was still alive. It was like I was in a horrible dream."
She suffered cuts, bruises, minor head injuries and burns.
"I'm just so grateful I wasn't badly hurt or killed.
"I just feel lucky. It was like someone was watching over me.
"I was just a few metres from the bomber and I'm still here.
"It's surreal. I just can't believe I have no serious injuries."
Speaking from her Fenay Lane home with mum Janet by her side Julie's harrowing testimony continued.
She added: "It is something you see in a film.
"There was a stillness. Everything looks so different.
"It will stay with me for the rest of my life."
Brave Julie also had a message for the bombers.
She said: "Islam is a peaceful religion and people should not believe this represents all Muslims. It doesn't.
"I don't know what I feel to the bomber.
"There is anger but it is something deeper.
"I came back to Huddersfield to my mum and dad's home to feel safe.
"Then you find out that someone from here was the bomber on my train.
"I've never met him but I may have walked past him in town or along the street.
"It's hard to make sense of what's happened.
"People have been fabulous. Family and friends have been so supportive and have helped beyond words.
"I want to go back to London in time and I want to get back to a normal life.
"I'll try to get on the tube and do my normal commute.
"Maybe I'll be able to do it or have to change my commute.
"I feel so sorry for people who have been injured or lost people.
"I'm just so lucky."