July 22, 2013

Japanese passengers push 32-ton train to free woman

The Associated Press

TOKYO — Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 8-inch gap between the train and platform during the busy morning rush hour Monday.

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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. A Yomiuri Shimbun photographer who happened to be there said there was a big applause when the woman, who fell to her waist, was safely rescued without any serious injuries. About 40 people helped the staff who were pushing the car after hearing an announcement that a passenger has been trapped.

The Associated Press / Norihiro Shigeta / Yomiuri Shimbun

The act of heroism was captured by a newspaper photographer, whose photo of the rescue ran in the Yomiuri daily's evening edition.

A public announcement that a passenger was trapped prompted about 40 people to join train officials to push the carriage, whose suspension system allows it to lean to either side, according to the Yomiuri newspaper, Japan's largest daily.

The unnamed woman in her 30s was then pulled out uninjured to applause from onlookers at JR Minami-Urawa station, just north of Tokyo.

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

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