Japanese commuters free woman trapped by 70,000 lb. train


On Monday a women at Minami-Urawa station just north of Toyko fell into the 8" gap between the platform and the train, and was unable to free herself.

A public announcement that a passenger was trapped prompted some fourty people to join train officials to help. The 70,000 pound train car has a suspension system that allows it to lean to either side.

The uninjured woman was rescued, and the train continued on its route after a delay of just eight-minutes.

Newspaper photographer Norihiro Shigeta captured the moment.

The incident contrasts remarkably with a commuter on the tracks in 2012, in New York City. last tyear 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han was shoved from a subway platform near Times Square.

Freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi captured the images as the train fatally struck Ki, who left behind behind a wife and daughter. Abbasi's explanation that he was trying to use the camera's flash to alert the driver is uncompelling. And then the NY Post ran the image as a cover.

And RAbbasi refused to talk with reporters unless he was paid.

The NY incident set off an unresolved debate about ethics and responsibility. The freeing of the woman in Japan may go unremarked by history, but it is nice when people come together for good in moments, and succeed.

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Naughty Gorilla site profile image  

7/24/13 9:00 PM by Naughty Gorilla

Pushing 70,000 lbs sideways is rather much even for 40 people.

Naughty Gorilla site profile image  

7/24/13 8:58 PM by Naughty Gorilla

The short 8 minute delay was the most impressive part!

jettdogg site profile image  

7/24/13 11:53 AM by jettdogg

The reverse gif of them pulling that guy from under the car is pretty funny, couldn't find it though

Quackers site profile image  

7/24/13 11:17 AM by Quackers

1. I didn't post the video. 2. You couldn't possibly fit all the people that did help along with the bystanders on one side of a car to lift it.  3. It doesn't matter if they were construction workers or professional clowns. 4. You have all but explicitly stated that you have unreasonable expectations for any stories to actually count. 5. I haven't bothered to try to prove you wrong. 6. I sure as hell didn't cry about anything and you could not upset me if you tried.   Serious question, do you have an attending that comes over to brush your teeth and tie your shoes in the morning? Because I honestly can't imagine you being capable of doing that yourself. 

john joe site profile image  

7/24/13 10:53 AM by john joe

if that happened in the UK the line would be closed minimum the remainder of the day

droplogic site profile image  

7/24/13 10:42 AM by droplogic

The video posted had around 8 people helping with 20 observers. Those helping we're mostly construction workers from a nearby site. How in your mind is that equivalent to the OP. I won't dismiss equivalent examples but you haven't presented any. Don't cry about not being able to find anything similar as though I'm putting unreasonable limitations on what is accepted. You're pissed off because you have to prove me wrong but you can't, just move on.

GnP Sonnen site profile image  

7/24/13 8:48 AM by GnP Sonnen


Quackers site profile image  

7/24/13 8:46 AM by Quackers

Uhh, what? Where did I say 8 was equivalent to 40? So, not only are you completely unreasonable, but you can't read either.

boomtown site profile image  

7/24/13 4:55 AM by boomtown

^ I'd say how people united and helped each other out during the Northeast blackout 10 years ago is a good example, esp in big cities. Or does it not count because the blackout also affected parts of Canada?

droplogic site profile image  

7/24/13 2:03 AM by droplogic

8 is equivalent to 40, you got me, you win.