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Aussie commuters tip train cars to aid trapped man

Train, Train Go Away: Commuters Lift Train Off Fellow Rider

SYDNEY (AP) - Dozens of people helped rescue a fellow commuter in Australia by pushing against train carriages to free the man whose foot had slipped between the platform and the train.

Closed-circuit footage released by the Western Australia State Public Transport Authority showed the man lost his footing while boarding the train at a station in the city of Perth on Wednesday.

A passenger alerted railway staff who stopped the train from leaving, local media said. When railway workers realized the man's foot was stuck in the 5-centimeter (2-inch) gap, they called on other passengers to help.

The footage showed dozens of people rushing to help tilt the carriages to free the man.

"It's really heartwarming I think, to find an incident like this where everyone pitched in," transport authority spokesman David Hynes said.

The man wasn't named, but local media reported that he was believed to have escaped injury and caught the next train.

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Gina August 06 2014 at 3:05 PM

It's so good to see all these people come to the aid of someone in trouble! This is how the whole world should be towards one another. Each and every person who was willing to help that person deserves the key to their city! I love these stories.

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beautyfoundation Gina August 06 2014 at 9:30 PM

in all civil countries this is automatic

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theomegaman72 Gina August 06 2014 at 9:34 PM

The intent was good but they need to be smarter than rocking a multi-ton train while someone's leg is pinned there--wait for the people who are trained in rescue to arrive and let them handle it

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Kathy theomegaman72 August 07 2014 at 2:55 AM

They did not rock it, they pushed it back slightly. If you watched the video, you can see the slight movement. AND they got him out in a matter of minutes. instead of having to "wait' for the rescue team holding the trains and wasting all that time and money. I would say that was VERY smart.

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dan_crabtree August 06 2014 at 4:49 PM

Love the aussies..not only did they save this man they dumped there ultra left wing gov as well...voting in strict all right wing canidates...smart people indeed.. gor rid of there carbon tax right off the bat denouced the global warming crap as well and stopped immigration dead in it's tracks... no more muslims allowed...in fact no one is allowed with-out proper gov papers...I sulute you aussies..

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oliverforlife August 06 2014 at 1:16 PM

Great to see some good news instead of all the death and disease and suffering world wide. Thank you

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darkcloudstonite August 06 2014 at 2:11 PM

I know they were trying to help but what they did was very dangerous, if it had slipped and fallen back before he could remove his leg it could have been severed

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tomkota August 06 2014 at 3:19 PM


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LeapinLeah August 06 2014 at 5:23 PM

Heart warming, wonderful story.

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rlmcanoe August 06 2014 at 4:33 PM

great job for everyone that helped

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derealest August 06 2014 at 2:46 PM

In America the risk of being sued would have kept half of the people calling their attorney to see if it was OK to touch the train. Thank you Hillary.

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cenvalref August 06 2014 at 1:23 PM

That is one big gap! Surprised this doesn't happen everyday. A small child could fit through there...

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Mike August 06 2014 at 3:46 PM

This is what happens when countries import advanced technologies that they can't handle.

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