A 20-year-old woman fell onto the train tracks at JR Koenji station on Monday night, but escaped with minor injuries after a man, who saw her fall, jumped down onto the track and was able to position her so that the oncoming train passed over without hitting her.
The woman, who is believed to have been intoxicated, got off a Chuo line train at the station at about 9.15 p.m. and stumbled across to the other side of the platform before falling over the edge.
A 24-year-old man saw her fall and called out to her but she didn't respond. He then noticed a rapid train was about to pull into the station, and jumped down onto the tracks. He started to lift her up but decided there would not be enough time and placed her arms and legs in between the rails. The train driver applied the brakes and the man hid in a space underneath the platform, as the train passed them and came to a halt some 90 meters onward.
The man was not injured and the woman escaped with just minor injuries to her head sustained in the fall. After the train stopped, the woman was able to crawl out from the 30-cm gap underneath. She said she doesn't remember falling and regained consciousness to find the train above her.
Trains between Tokyo and Takao were delayed by 40 minutes due to the incident, affecting 22 trains and some 24,000 passengers.© News reports