Saturday, April 30, 2016

What happens if you don't "mind the gap"?

It happened last August near Perth, in Western Australia. A man boarding a rush-hour train at Sterling Station forgot to "mind the gap." He slipped and one foot became wedged between the train and the platform. According to Transperth spokesman David Hynes, "We alerted the driver to make sure the train didn't move." Then Transperth staff got everyone off the train and organized them to tilt the carriage backwards away from the platform, as shown here.

The man's leg was saved when fellow passengers tilted the 10,000 ton train, which was squeezing him limb. An ambulance was called, but he did not require hospitalization. "Everyone pitched in," said Hynes. "It was people power that saved someone from possibly quite serious injury."

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