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People power pulls passenger pinned between train, platform

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN
August 6, 2014 -- Updated 2039 GMT (0439 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A man gets his left leg caught between the platform and a train in Perth, Australia
  • Authorities can't pull him out and ask people to leave the train
  • Commuters line up to push the train and the man frees himself
  • The man is not hurt and the train leaves with only a 15-minute delay

(CNN) -- He apparently did NOT "mind the gap."

A man in Perth, Australia, somehow slipped and got his leg stuck in the narrow space between a commuter train and the platform Wednesday.

Closed circuit TV captured the incident at the Stirling Station and showed another passenger immediately raising the alarm.

Authorities tried to pull the man out, but when that didn't work, they asked passengers to step out of the wagons and help push the six-car train in an effort to widen the gap, according to CNN affiliate Seven Network.

About 50 commuters lined up along the side of the train, and after two collective pushes, the man was able to free his left leg.

Train traps man's leg, but then ...

The commuter was examined by medics, but was not hurt, Seven Network said. He has not been identified.

Fellow passenger Nicolas Taylor told PerthNow the man seemed a little embarrassed, "because right where he fell was the 'mind the gap' writing."

The incident only delayed the busy train by 15 minutes.

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