Passengers tilt train to free trapped commuter - video

Perth - Dozens of Australians tilted a train on Wednesday 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 in the Western Australia city of Perth when he slipped and became jammed in the five-centimetre 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 in a row 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," Transperth spokesperson Claire Krol told AFP.

"We were really fortunate that the staff were there straight away... and all of the passengers not only listened to the instructions from staff, but pitched in and helped.

"This is a real case of passengers of working together... and 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.

"The end result here is: really lucky for the man involved, but really nice as well to see that everyone came together as a community," Krol added.

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Steven Terblanche 2014/08/06 11:18:53 AM
Bruce Lawson 2014/08/06 11:51:05 AM
Mind the Gap!!!!
Bazooka Bums 2014/08/06 12:09:47 PM
Coolbeans! I love being renewed by People Power ~ we could all take a leaf from this :)
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014/08/06 12:43:34 PM
We often forget that the majority of people are good. Maybe we should think of that more often.
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/06 12:51:05 PM
Well done. Not so sure we would get the same level of camaraderie here. You would have to risk losing your leg. Pity this country will never be part of the Get Along Gang.
Lunga Ntulini 2014/08/06 03:21:01 PM
indeed a good story to tell... "Umntu ngumntu ngabantu"
Ben Lewis 2014/08/07 10:44:30 AM
Good to hear something pleasant happening in the news for a change to all the bad news put out these days.