A man in Perth, Australia was saved by fellow commuters after his leg got trapped between the platform and a train. Surveillance footage from the station where the incident occurred show the mans leg getting trapped inside the tiny gap between the platform and the train as he tried to enter the train. According to Esparance Express, the incident happened at around 8:50 a.m. local time – at the peak of the morning rush hour. The train was operated by Transperth, the public transport system operated by Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority.
According to David Hynes, a Transperth spokesperson, the man was saved after several passengers and Transperth staff at Stirling station managed to physically tilt the train. The carriage was tilted thanks to the collective efforts of the daily commuters who were at the station when the incident happened. The man was able to free his legs and walked away safely after the incident. The unfortunate passenger has not been identified yet.
Meanwhile, the footage showing the dramatic rescue of the man has since then gone viral.
David Hynes describes the incident;
“He stood in the doorway and as he was sort of taking up his position there, one leg slipped outside the door, slipped outside the gap, and he was stuck.”
He adds that as soon as it became clear that the person’s leg was stuck, they ensured that the train did not move and leave the station. The driver was alerted as well
“Then our staff who were there at the time got the passengers, and there were lots of them, off the train, and organized them to sort of rock, tilt the train backwards away from the platform so they were able to get him out and rescue him,” David said.
As seen in the embedded video, the train had come to a complete stop when the incident happened.
After being rescued, an ambulance was called in. However, the man did not have any sort of grievous injury and was not taken to a hospital. In fact, he did complete his journey on a different train, later.
Transperth authorities have confirmed that the incident was not caused by overcrowding, reports the Hindustan Times. They were also in praise of the actions by the staff and the commuters whose help was essential to get the man freed. According to another Transperth spokesperson Claire Krol, this is the first time they have seen something like this happen.
“We were really fortunate that the staff were there straight away… and all of the passengers not only listened to the instructions from staff, but pitched in and helped.This is a real case of passengers of working together… and people power are the perfect words to describe it.”
“Everyone sort of pitched in it was people power that saved someone from possibly quite serious injury,” Claire added.
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