Japan commuters free woman trapped under train

  • 23 July 2013
  • From the section Asia
Train passengers and railway staff push a train car to rescue a woman stuck between the car and the platform at Japan Railway Minami Urawa Station in Saitama, near Tokyo, on 22 July 2013
Image caption The woman was taken to hospital but suffered no serious injuries

Dozens of Japanese commuters worked together to help a woman who fell between the platform and the train during rush hour in Tokyo.

The unidentified woman, in her 30s, slipped into the gap at Minami-Urawa station, north of Tokyo, on Monday morning, as she got off the train.

Station officials asked commuters to help tilt the carriage so that the trapped woman could be freed.

The woman was pulled from the gap and had no major injuries.

A photographer from Japan's Yomiuri newspaper captured the image of the passengers in action, who applauded when the woman was freed.

The train carriage was able to tilt because of its suspension system, the paper reported.

The train was sent on its way after a delay of just eight minutes, the paper said.