People power freed trapped man


Scores of passengers, together with staff at Stirling station, managed to tilt the carriage so the man could free his leg which was wedged in the gap.

The man was boarding a Perth-bound train about 8:50am when he slipped and became stuck.

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.”

Passengers were asked to stand to the other side of the carriage to tilt the weight away from the man but it was not enough to free him.

“When that didn’t work, train staff got people off and gathered together enough of them to line up, 50 or so, and say, ‘One, two, three, push.’ ”

Their coordinated efforts tilted the train carriage away from the platform so that the man could be rescued. The train moved on its suspension enough for the man to get out from the sticky situation.

Mr Hynes praised the actions of staff and passengers who assisted in freeing the man. “Everyone sort of pitched in,” he said.

Mr Hynes also thanked the passengers involved in the rescue. “We hear a lot about poor behaviour on public transport,” he said. “It’s really great when something like this happens and people work together to help a fellow commuter.”

“It was people power that saved someone from possibly quite serious injury.”

The man was not badly hurt and caught a later train.

 The passenger, known only as Andy, has talked to Nine News Perth about the ordeal.

“It’s something I’ll be telling my grandchildren about,” he said. “The outcome could have been terrible, worst case scenario I could have lost my leg.”

News reports in the US, Europe and India have all shared footage of the rescue which saw dozens of passengers help out the fellow train user who fell into the gap between the train and the station platform.

“I was amazed, I had no idea it was that big of an incident,” he said. “Thanks to the commuters who were probably held up and late to work, and took the time to get out of the train and help tilt the train to free me.”


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