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Commuters free man trapped by train

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A frame grab from a video released on August 6, 2014 from the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia shows commuters pushing a train to free a passenger's leg trapped between the train and the gap in Perth. Dozens of Australians tilted a train to free a commuter whose leg was trapped between a carriage and a platform, with authorities praising their efforts as an example of "people power". AFP PHOTO / Public Transport Authority of Western Australia

A group of commuters in Australia banded together Wednesday to help free a man whose leg became trapped between a train and station platform.

Surveillance video shows the man was part of a group of passengers boarding a train near Perth, Australia, when his left foot slipped into a gap between the platform and train. A few people quickly tried to free the man as others went to find help. Minutes later, with the man still stuck, dozens of people lined up next to the train and pushed it until the man could get out.

"The man was freed safely and we handed him over to emergency services," Transperth spokesman David Hynes told PerthNow, a website in western Australia. "We understand he was not badly injured because he stayed at the station and boarded a later train to the city."

The incident happened around 8:50 a.m. Wednesday in Perth, which is about 12 hours ahead of Charlotte.

The Public Transport Authority of Western Australia posted a longer 17-minute video of the rescue at http://youtu.be/GGIG4FQBDjI

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