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People power saves Chinese man crushed between subway train and safety barrier

Commuters push train away from platform to release man who got wedged in gap after trying to leap onto track

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2017, 3:56pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2017, 3:56pm

Hundreds of subway commuters were involved in a dramatic rescue effort in Beijing on Thursday after a man became trapped between a train and a platform barrier, local media reported.

The incident happened about 7.50pm at Dongzhimen station after a man, who was unnamed but said to be aged in his 40s, climbed over a safety barrier and on to the track as a train was approaching, Beijing Evening News reported on Friday.

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The driver managed to stop the train, but the man became lodged between the carriage and the barrier, the report said.

“The people who were with the man tried to pull him back through the gap but to no avail,” a witness was quoted as saying.

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Police and subway workers rushed to the scene and tried to help, but they too were unable to release the trapped man.

As the public became aware of what was going on, a large crowd gathered along the length of the train and began pushing it back from the barrier. After several attempts, they were able to create a large enough gap and the man was pulled free, the report said.

The incident was captured on film and the video has been circulated widely online.

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“It was so touching, everyone was cheering,” a witness was quoted as saying.

The man appeared badly hurt and was covered in blood as he was carried away from the scene, the report said, though it did not offer any more information about the incident.