WATCH: Dramatic moment train commuters help save a man’s life after he falls in front of an oncoming train

2017-08-29 14:17
PHOTO: YouTube

PHOTO: YouTube

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A group of heroic commuters quickly sprang into action to save a helpless man who fell on to the train tracks – while an oncoming train was in sight.

The CCTV footage was posted on YouTube by Bay Area Rapid and Transit (BART) public transport system in California, US, and received more than 20 000 views.

The incident took place at the Civil Centre Station in San Francisco on Monday 21 August.

It’s not yet known how the man ended up on the tracks – one witness said the man fainted and fell onto the tracks, while another said he knowingly climbed down.

“He was standing there on the track for quite some time and then lay down,” says Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for the city’s BART system.

According to Trost, the agency chose to withhold video angles that show the man’s face more clearly in order to protect his identity.

In the footage panic-stricken commuters can be seen frantically waving their arms in an attempt to get the oncoming train to stop in its tracks.

They also shouted at the man not to touch the third track fearing he might be electrocuted.

With the oncoming train in sight – four brave commuters quickly jumped onto the tracks to help the man back up to the platform while bystanders went running for help.

“Surveillance footage shows a sea of arms in the air along the entire length of the platform and commuters coming together during a moment of crisis,” says Trost.

Luckily, the train driver saw the desperate commuters’ pleas and pressed his emergency stop button just in time – with only one carriage entering the train station.

Minutes later, local police arrived on the scene and offered the unidentified man support. 


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