Faith in humanity was restored Wednesday when dozens of passengers came together and freed a man who lost his footing and slipped into a 2 inch gap between a commuter train and a boarding platform in the Australian city of Perth.
Closed Circuit Television (CTV) released by the Western Australia State Public Transport Authority showed the man boarding the train at Perth’s Stirling Station about 8:50 a.m., when he slipped and became stuck.
“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,” Transperth spokesman David Hynes told ABC News. “We alerted the driver, made sure the train didn’t move.”
When staff realized the man couldn’t be freed, they called on other passengers to help. The CCTV footage showed dozens rushing in to help tilt the carriages to free
the man’s leg.
“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,” Hynes explained.
An ambulance was called but the man was not taken to hospital. It is believed he did not sustain serious injuries.
“Everyone sort of pitched in,” Hynes said. “It was people power that saved someone from possibly quite serious injury.”
Hynes said the accident was not caused by overcrowding.
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