A man has been caught on camera narrowly escaping being dragged under a Sydney train after he tried to wedge his hand between closing doors.
Most of us have heard the announcement to stand clear of closing doors while catching a train, but not everyone listens.
Between April last year and October this year, 110 people were injured or almost injured on Sydney trains, including 41 who had their arms or legs trapped in closing doors.
Risk-taking commuters are putting themselves in danger, with some becoming trapped in train doors.
Footage shows the moment doors of a Seven Hills train closed on one man before the locomotive took off with him still attached.
With just seconds to spare, the man manages to break free before he is dragged underneath.
In Kingswood, western Sydney, footage showed another safety sacrifice as a female passenger made a desperate lunge towards closing doors.
She didn’t make it and her hand became stuck.
Most commuters are happy to wait once the doors start closing, but far too many make a potentially disastrous decision, transport experts warn.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance warned it was only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.
“It’s just unnecessary. I mean this person could have lost their life, lost a limb, all because they were rushing to a train,” he told 7 News.
“People just don’t think. They think they’re invincible.”
While train doors do have safety sensors, they are not like elevator doors, said Sydney Trains’ Stewart Mills.
Once they reach a certain point, they won’t reopen.
Mr Mills urged commuters to be patient to avoid injury.
“Just take the time, we’ll get you where you need to be. Another train will come,” he said.