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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Trapped commuter freed after Australians tilt train

PERTH: Dozens of Australians tilted a train to free a commuter whose leg was trapped between a carriage and a platform, with authorities praising their efforts as an example of “people power”.

The man was boarding here when he slipped and became jammed in the 5cm gap between the carriage and the station, operator Transperth said in a statement.

Passengers were initially told to move to the opposite side of the train in the hope their weight would shift it away from his leg, a passenger who gave his name as Nic told The West Australian newspaper.

But when that failed, staff told commuters to get off the train and about 50 of them lined up along the platform to tilt the carriage away from the man so he could be lifted out.

“It is the first time we’ve seen something like this happen,” said Trans­perth spokesman Claire Krol.

“This is a real case of passengers of working together. People po­­wer are the perfect words to describe it.”

Transperth said the man was treated by paramedics but was able to catch a later train. — AFP

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