Just when you think you’ve lost faith in humanity, real-life stories like this come out to remind you that there are still a few good guys out there. Around forty passengers at the JR Minami-Urawa station, just outside Tokyo, helped push a 32-ton train carriage to free a woman trapped in the platform gap during Monday’s rush hour.
A public announcement at the station that a woman fell through the eight inch gap between the train and platform prompted the passengers to help the officials in freeing her by pushing the carriage. The train’s suspension system between the chassis of the car lets it lean on either side, so there was also no fear of the train being damaged or causing further problems. They were able to pull the woman in her 30s out from under the platform, safe and uninjured. Everyone in the station applauded the “rescue effort” and operations resumed, with just a slight delay of 8 minutes to the entire Keihin Tohoku Line.
A photographer was able to capture the moment when everyone bonded together to help out a stranger. The photo ran in the evening edition of a major newspaper and then immediately went viral on social networks. Reactions from netizens ranged from happiness at seeing an “act of heroism”, amusement at the incident, while some were annoyed at it being referred to as some kind of heroism. One Twitter user simply said, “Perhaps Japan is not damned after all.”
[ via The Republic ]
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