A trainee nurse has saved a man from an oncoming train after he fell onto the tracks in Brisbane.
The 56-year-old man appeared disoriented when he stepped off the platform and fell one metre on to the tracks at Wooloowin station, in Brisbane’s north, at 8.02am on Thursday.
The 8.05am Doomben to Cleveland train was due to pull in to the station within minutes.
Bystanders pull a man from the tracks at Wooloowin station.Photo: Supplied
A trainee nurse who saw the man immediately ran to his aid, risking her own life by jumping on to the tracks.
Queensland Rail customer service officer Jill Lyten, who happened to be waiting for her regular morning train, also witnessed the incident.
“My training just kicked in,” she said.
Ms Lyten found the phone number for QR’s control room on her work ID card and raised the alarm.
“I knew that I had to get the number and get to control and stop the train,” she said.
Ms Lyten was visibly shaken as she recounted the events of the morning.
“We know how dangerous it actually is,” she said.
QR acting chief executive Jim Benstead praised the brave actions of the trainee nurse, but said it was vital commuters were aware of the emergency call button located at all Brisbane train stations.
“The first thing to do in any incident that may occur on the tracks is to contact … our control centre through the emergency phones at the stations,” he said.
“It could have gone very differently today … it could have been disastrous.”
There were 400 reported near-misses across the QR network last year. More than 150 incidents involved pedestrians.
The 56-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Bystanders pull a man from the tracks at Wooloowin station. Photo: Supplied
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