Firefighters free man whose head was trapped in the gap between a train and platform in dramatic rescue
Members of the public who were on the platform tried to free the man themselves but then had to inform railway workers at the scene, who then called the fire department
The shocking moment firefighters were caught on camera freeing a man who was trapped by the neck between the slim gap between a train and the platform has emerged from Argentina. Members of the public on the platform tried to free the man themselves but then had to inform railway workers at the scene, who then called the fire department, because they had specialist equipment to help the man.
The rescue workers put a large wooden block into the gap when they arrived at the platform, before they had to use the machine to expand the gap some more. They then got the commuters who were on the platform to push away the train carriage from the platform at the same time they expanded the gap, in the 10-minute rescue.
The Daily Mail reported one of the firefighters went below the tracks so that he could be ready to catch the injured man when the gap was finally widened and he was released. This was an incident that could have ended in a tragedy at the Libertad train station in the city of Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The man who was caught in the middle of all the drama at the train station was identified as 20-year-old street seller Jose Alejandro Centurion. Reports from local media said he tripped and fell into the gap as he was getting out of the train while in the midst of an argument with another passenger. The authorities later said he had been drinking.
A fire chief can be seen in the dramatic footage, taken by a commuter on his cell phone, coordinating the rescue efforts and yelling to one of his colleagues: "Tell the passengers to push the carriage this way." The other firefighter could then be heard yelling to the crowd at the top of his voice: "Come on everyone, push this way."
Yet another firefighter could be seen in the video holding Centurion by the neck to prevent him from being seriously injured as the gap was widened just enough for the man to fall through to the space underneath and into the waiting arms of a firefighter. German Freire, the fire chief, said: "We're not sure at the moment how he fell but bystanders were saying that he had been fighting with another lad. He was a bit beaten up but he seemed to be okay. He was conscious when we took him away and he could move everything."
In a similar incident, but with a much more tragic turn, a 37-year-old man in Sydney, Australia, died last week after he stumbled and got caught in between a train and the platform. He was, unfortunately, pronounced dead at the scene.