When a man boarding the train in Perth’s Stirling Station in Australia slid between the train and the platform last week – trapping his leg – there appeared to be no hope of escape.
Yet, as the video reveals, passengers and station staff rallied together and pushed the carriage away from the platform so the man could pull himself free.
The unnamed victim had been walking onto the train, bound for Perth, around 8:50 am when he slipped and got his leg stuck.
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Via ABC News, Australia:
Transperth spokesman David Hynes said the man was boarding at the tail end of peak hour, but the train was still fairly busy.
“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 said.
“We alerted the driver, made sure the train didn’t move.
“Then our staff who were there at the time got the passengers, and there were lots of them, off the train, and organised them to sort of rock, tilt the train backwards away from the platform so they were able to get him out and rescue him.”
Mr Hynes said the train was stationary when the man slipped.
The man was not taken to hospital, although an ambulance was called. It appeared he had not suffered any major injury.
Hynes was very pleased with the way everyone “pitched in” and helped a man in obvious distress.
“It was people power that saved someone from possibly quite serious injury.”