Man jumps onto train tracks to save woman

NAGOYA —

A 39-year-old man jumped onto the train tracks to save a 58-year-old woman who had fallen off the platform at Meitetsu Kanayama Station in Nagoya, police said Monday.

The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Sunday. TV Asahi reported that the woman told police she was knocked off the platform by a man who was walking unsteadily and who apparently tried to grab her to steady himself.

When she fell onto the tracks, another male passenger jumped down and pushed her down flat on the tracks. He stood up against the side of the platform as an incoming train passed over the woman. Police said the woman survived as there was enough space between the tracks and the bottom of the train.

The woman suffered injuries to her head and left hand but her condition is not life-threatening.

Japan Today

  • 30

    InControl

    The guy who saved this woman is a hero. And a quick thinking one at that.

  • 19

    Cricky

    These people should get a medal, I hope he gets one.

  • 20

    Get Real

    We don't hear enough of this sort of thing. Is there a citizens' bravery award?

  • 11

    WilliB

    Wow, I don´t think I would have had the balls to do that. I am not even sure that all trains are designed with enough ground clearance to do that. Are they?

  • 11

    Graham DeShazo

    This man is a hero. We need more like him.

  • 6

    buggerlugs

    A hero. Hope they catch the scum bag who "knocked" her off the platform.

  • 7

    JA_Cruise

    Wow, glad they were both ok, what a Super Hero!

  • 2

    some14some

    she was knocked off the platform by a man who was walking unsteadily and who apparently tried to grab her to steady himself.

    was he arrested or sent to a hospital? 

  • 4

    genjuro

    What an awesome dude. Hope there'll be more people like him.

  • 5

    Qamar

    Hero! :D Well done!

  • 6

    BurakuminDes

    @ rickyvee - bit harsh, my friend. Whilst many here wouldn't assist as they don't want to be "the nail that sticks up" - there are probably many like this bloke who are brave and have a strong sense of humanity. Good on him, he did the right thing.

  • 3

    ReformedBasher

    On one hand, you have guys like this. At the same time, 4 kids get arrested for a mugging so that could buy clothes to meet AKB48 (!?)

    Fact is Japan isn't either perfect or the "worst in the world at everything imaginable" hellhole some folk try to make it out to be.

    In any case, this guy blows me away. And everyone else who has done similar things. Putting yourself in situation like this - um, train coming down the track, no less - to save a stranger... somebody who would be regarded a hero anywhere. The fact that we can comprehend this transcends cultural differences and proves that "we" and "they" are in fact, the same human beings.

  • 1

    Resurfaced

    Damn!!!! sound like the beginning of a good movie

  • 4

    Vernie Jefferies

    STORY OF THE YEAR!!!! A true hero in my opinion.

  • 3

    Roxana A.

    Bravo!!!

  • 2

    WA4TKG

    And WHAT became of the IDIOT that almost got her KILLED ? Just RAN off ?

  • 1

    Disillusioned

    Well done! What about the drunken scum bag that knocked onto the tracks? Have the found him? Will he be charged?

  • 5

    StormR

    Very courageous hope the city gives this guy some kind of award or recognition for his selfless act of bravery.

  • 4

    daito_hak

    Great great, absolutely great guy!

  • 3

    torosushi

    wow speechless....tears too for such human selfishless act

  • 1

    kuuku

    just in time to secure another life, u have more places in heaven!

  • 3

    CalvinMontblanc

    I did not know there was enough room for two under the trains. Did he know?

    I too wish these heroes were more celebrated.

  • 1

    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    Thats super!

  • 2

    ludlt

    Certainly, a first class gentleman.

  • 1

    Tom DeMicke

    Yup, just like a movie!

  • 4

    Dennis711

    This guys gets the BALLS of STEEL award. Quick thinking and took without self-regard. Man of the year!

  • 3

    alfconde

    Wow… had to be posted in all train stations for an inspiring heroic act and our appreciation of gratitude for bravery and responsiveness. That is the man we need it truly in our society.

  • 4

    maglev101

    at the very least, he should get free lifetime train passes.

  • 2

    Magnet

    Awesome news! And the second genuinely positive article featured on JT within a week! Keep it up Japan!

  • 2

    dbsaiya

    Speechless. Thank you sir for shining some light in the darkness. I just hope that you get the accolades that you so well deserve.

  • -2

    karjai

    if Olympic got this sport event, he will be the gold medal winner.

  • 4

    interuni321

    I caught a young lady a few months ago who was falling towards the tracks after being struck from behind by a collapsing drunk salaryman. We were nearly both pulled onto the tracks. The guy was obviously a danger to other passengers, but despite the drunk being flagged up to station staff before the incident happened, the guards on the platform refused to take any action. They really need to ban legless passengers from the station. I am surprised they want drunks vomiting all over the trains and platform anyway, never mind knocking people onto the lines. The incident I referred to was also in Nagoya, not sure if they deal with things differently in Tokyo?

  • 3

    Dara Danh

    Bravery for jumping to her rescue and quick thinkingfor laying flat on the tracks, HERO!

  • 2

    gelendestrasse

    Well done.

  • 0

    CrisGerSan

    Wonderful thanks for sharing this.

  • 0

    Aaron Loki Brummett

    Restores my faith!

  • 0

    AustPaul

    Outstanding effort. Hope he gets a national recognition for bravery.

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