A woman who nearly lost her life after sticking her hand into closing train doors is lucky to be alive after the quick thinking of the guards and platform staff.
In the 2018 vision released by Sydney trains this week and broadcast on 7News commuters can be seen boarding the train at Chatswood station just after 5pm.
Just as the doors begin to close a woman dressed in blue runs toward the train doors and sticks her right hand between the doors, expecting them to spring open, but the doors continue to close.
The woman seems calm as she tries to wave down the guards when the bell suddenly rings signalling the train is about to leave the station with the woman’s hand still stuck in the doors.
Bystanders attempt to wave down the guard as the train begins to move, dragging the woman with it.
Within seconds the guard is alerted to what is happening and stops the train moments before disaster.
A Sydney Trains spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that staff members would have noticed the woman and stopped the train.
“Our guards and station staff continuously monitor platforms and trains to ensure our customers are safe, but we also rely on customers to do the right thing and not rush onto a train as the doors close,” the spokesperson said.
EXCLUSIVE: A quick-thinking platform attendant is credited with saving the life of a young woman whose arm got stuck in train doors as it pulled out of Chatswood station. She was being dragged as horrified bystanders looked on. https://t.co/2bNsZlPlNq @BryanSeymour1 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/OAJwWcG2e2— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) May 25, 2020
Sydney train doors are designed to open when obstructed, but this woman’s wrists were too slim to trigger the mechanism, 7News reported when they broadcast the video on Monday.
The passenger was left shaken by the incident but according to the broadcaster, the woman declined medical treatments and boarded the next train.
Acting Chief Executive Sydney Trains Stuart Mills told 7News that the woman could have suffered “a very serious injury”.
A Sydney trains spokesperson told Yahoo News: “Our train doors are not like elevator doors. Not all of them have sensors that will re-open the doors”.
The video was released to remind customers not to risk injuring themselves or others by rushing onto trains as the doors close, the spokesperson said, describing the behaviour as dangerous and reckless.
“With frequent services running on all lines, there is no need to rush onto a train when the next one will be coming along in minutes.”
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