Woman escapes death after man pushes her before approaching train in CHILLING video
'The metro driver was able to brake just in time and thereby avoid a collision,' said a spokesperson
Dramatic video footage shows a man wearing a backpack, looking anxiously around a crowded metro station in Brussels, Belgium, before pushing a woman onto the track as the train approaches. The incident took place in the Rogiers Metro Station platform on the evening of January 14.
The video shows how the 55-year-old woman was very nearly killed when she was pushed onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train. Fortunately, the train stopped just inches from the woman, who is seen motionless on the tracks.
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Tentative de meurtre dans la station de métro Rogier à Bruxelles ce vendredi vers 19h40. pic.twitter.com/dT0ag5qEFu
The 30-second clip shows passengers waiting for a train at the metro station. As the train approaches, a man in a black t-shirt sneaks up behind the woman and gives her a big shove. The woman is seen losing her balance and tumbling onto the tracks, right in front of the approaching train.
The metro driver pressed on the brakes and the train stopped inches away from the stunned woman. Bystanders rushed in to help her off the tracks. Both police and emergency services were immediately called to the scene. A 23-year-old suspect, who has not been named, has been arrested for attempted manslaughter after the incident. The woman hasn't suffered any serious injuries and has been taken to hospital. She was in a state of shock.
An Van Hamme, spokesperson for the Brussels transport company STIB, said: "The metro driver was able to brake just in time and thereby avoid a collision. Our metro driver was also in shock and also had to go to hospital." Sarah Durant of Brussels public prosecutor’s office said, "the perpetrator crossed the tracks and then fled through one of the exits of the metro station. Thanks to the police’s dissemination of the suspect’s images, he was intercepted a few minutes later while he was at De Brouckere metro station."
The investigating judge also appointed a psychiatrist to evaluate the suspect’s mental wellbeing. In the interest of the investigation, the Brussels public prosecutor’s office said they will not comment further at this time. Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing to determine the exact circumstances of the events and the suspect’s motive.