Dozens of commuters help free woman trapped under train in Japan

July 23, 2013 |

Rush hour commuters joined forces to help free a woman who had fallen on to a set of train tracks at a station in Japan.

Around 40 passengers teamed up to push a 32-tonne train carriage away from the platform edge before dragging the woman to safety.

The incident happened during the busy morning rush hour on Monday when the unidentified commuter fell into the 20cm gap between the train and platform edge.

A public announcement that a passenger was trapped prompted dozens of people to join train officials to push the carriage, which has a suspension system that allows it to lean to either side.

The act of heroism at JR Minami-Urawa station, just north of Tokyo, was captured by a newspaper photographer and featured in the Yomiuri newspaper, Japan’s largest daily.

The woman in her 30s was pulled out with no major injuries to applause from onlookers.

After just an eight-minute delay, the train went on its way.

Train passengers and railway staff push a train car in their effort to rescue a woman who fell and got stuck between the car and the platform while getting off at Japan Railway Minami Urawa Station in Saitama, near Tokyo, Monday morning, July 22, 2013. A Yomiuri Shimbun photographer who happened to be there said there was a big applause when the woman in her mid-30s, who fell to her waist, was safely rescued without any serious injuries. About 40 people helped the staff who were pushing the car upon hearing an announcement that a passenger has been trapped. (AP Photo/Norihiro Shigeta, Yomiuri Shimbun) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

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