Desperate commuter is lucky to be alive after he wedges his hand between a train’s closing doors as it picks up speed – dragging him along the platform
- A man had a close encounter after getting his hand stuck in closing train doors
- The commuter is dragged along the platform, almost falling under the train
- The man was desperate to catch the 9pm Seven Hills train at a Sydney station
- Incident comes as more commuters are injuring themselves in train doors
This is the heart-stopping moment a man gets his hand stuck inside a train’s doors as it begins to move down the platform.
A man was filmed running toward the closing doors of the 9pm Seven Hills, Sydney, train on Monday on the station’s CCTV.
He can be seen placing his hand in between the doors as they close, but despite sensors, the doors do not re-open as the train moves down the platform – taking the man with him.
As the train speeds up, the man has no choice but to sprint along side the train.
Then, with just seconds to spare before the train disappears into the tunnel, the man manages to break free, but comes dangerously close to falling onto the tracks.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance says the close-call should be a warning to all commuters who attempt the risk of catching a departing train.
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‘It’s just unnecessary, this person could have lost their life, lost a limb, all because they were rushing towards a train.’ he told 7 News.
‘People just don’t think, they think they’re invincible.’ he said.
The man is seen running to the departing train and slipping his hand in the closing doors to make them open again, but they fail to do so and he is left dragged along the train station platform
In between April 2017 and October 2018, 110 people were injured and 41 had their legs or arms trapped in closing doors on Sydney trains.
Stewart Wilson from Sydney Trains says to never take the risk as although all trains are fitted with motion sensors, once they reach a certain point, they will not reopen.
‘Just take your time, we’ll get you to where you need to be. Another train will come.’ he said.
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