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Woman hit and killed by train while trying to help elderly man who fell on tracks

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A woman died after being hit by a train while trying to help an elderly man who had fallen on the tracks in Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday morning.

According to police and witnesses, the incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. at a crossing on the JR Yokohama Line near Nakayama and Kamoi stations. NTV quoted witnesses as saying that the man, 74, stumbled and fell on the tracks as he was walking on the crossing. Police said that after the barriers came down, Natsue Murata, 40, who was waiting at the crossing in her car, rushed onto the tracks to help the man but as she was helping him up, she was hit by an oncoming train.

Police said Murata died at the scene while the man was taken to hospital with head and back injuries and is in a stable condition.

The driver of the train was quoted by police as saying he couldn't stop the train in time.

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Rip brave lady. There are too few people like yo in this world.

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So sad. RIP to this woman.

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Damn, so thats why my train was delayed for ages, I wouldnt mind having it delayed even longer as long as she had lived, RIP

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My heart goes out to this brave woman. She decided to do something instead of just sitting in her car and hoping someone else would help. She's a hero in my book. RIP young lady.

24 ( +23 / -0 )

Mega kudos, this deserves a statue in front of a station more than some hungry dog. What was the heroines name?

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Sad, I wonder if she had any kids?

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Sounds like she did actually succeed in saving his life. Too bad she had to lose her own in the process.

Indeed spudman. I think a statue of her should be erected somewhere.

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i wonder if other people could have helped her instead of just being "witnesses"?

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Brave, but stupid. IIRC, trains are designed with enough ground clearance that as long as you lie flat and are not particularly fat, the train will go (just) over you (which probably is why the old man lived).

This is one case where rescue should definitely be left to the professionals, who would at least know if all trains have stopped.

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Kazuaki...There's nothing stupid about a human sacrificing ones life to save another. And leaveit up to what professionals that were there at the time?

8 ( +8 / -0 )

To help someone in your last moments of life. This woman is more brave than I can put into words.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Put up a statue for sure. Not too many Japanese do this. And she is ... who?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Brave maybe, but such a waste for a 70year old....... she probably didnt look much around....

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What a selfless person.RIP Hope she is honored in some way!

8 ( +8 / -0 )

She did what we all aspire to be. A hero in our last moments. If there is a heaven then that should be how you get into it.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

So sad!

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What the article left out is the fact that she was in the car which her father was driving. The shock of her father is immeasurable. A very brave woman. May God Bless her Soul.

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so sad.

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CrazyJoe...Thanks for the extra bit of sad news. You are absolutely right! Her father must be devastated to see his daughter give her life like that. Although devastated, I hope he is proud that he was able to raise a daughter that could put a strangers life before hers. To make matters more sad, the man she saved was probably close to The same age as him.

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With two young kids and a loving wife at home, I have always wondered if I would have the balls to jump on the track and attempt a rescue with very little time to react before the train was on top of me. Any miscalculation on my part spelling a certain and a quite painful death.

I hate to make it a numbers game, but I wouldn't risk my life, thus leaving my young kids fatherless for an elderly person. Sounds harsh but there it is.

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One day you live your life as usual and the next day you're suddenly gone. That old guy is forever in her debt!

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Where is the "Emergency Stop" button?

Why nobody pressed "Emergency Stop" button when someone fell unto the track?

Looks like JR will sue the elderly man who fell down for disrupting and stopping the rail operation for loss revenue ..... but will the family of this good brave lady sue JR for the negligence causing her death please!!!

My heart goes to you, brave lady, your soul will RIP luv, <3!!!!

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rest in peace young lady. I feel so sad pray for the brave lady.

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the real spirit of heroism she must be remembered forever in this crossing.

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Deja vu. Wasn't there a virtually identical case about 5 months ago?

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Why nobody pressed "Emergency Stop" button when someone fell unto the track?

Because this wasn't at a station. It said it happened between Nakayama and Kamoi stations. This was at a road crossing.

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She died a hero ..I know I wouldn't have the guts to do it. RIP brave lady..the world has lost another selfless person

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Rest in Peace to Natsue. She is the definition of a selfless hero. I am sure the old man would trade places with her in a second if he could.

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iskysongOCT. 01, 2013 - 11:13PM JST "Where is the "Emergency Stop" button? Why nobody pressed "Emergency Stop" button when someone fell unto the track?"

Of course they could put buttons here, but then punks would probably push them all the time.

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inverse - if I'm not mistaken, there are emergency buttons even at road crossing.

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How awful... and tragic !! By far an outstanding samaritan displaying great courage in reaching out the need of a potential hopeless elder. RIP to this brave woman !! I wonder if there were others who stood by - let it happened, and did nothing to prevent this terrible incident.

@ Ms. Alexander... That is a very good point. I would like to grant your concern on checking if there emergency buttons at these crossings!! I'll let you all know.

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This is a brave woman in anyone's eyes. You say that it was a waste, we never truly know what we are capable of until we are in that same situation. I don't believe she made a mistake she made a choice to take action when others did not. If she had done nothing and the old man died, could she have lived with the guilt? The fact she left the salty of her father's car to help a stranger tells me she probably couldn't have lived know she could have something. We never know, even those who say they would have done nothing may act differently, and those who say they would have helped may not. She woman had the right stuff, perfect person or not, a hero all the same. Again RIP.

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A month ago a man helped a woman who fallen in track successfully. But here she has lost. Anyway great lady.

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Just watched a Wide Show program and the dad was shown being interviewed.His demeanor was remarkable in keeping himself together not long after seeing his daughter killed trying to rescue someone.Until I heard him say that he was happy the elderly man was still alive.Really? At the expense of your own child? How noble.

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It's hard to find words to do justice to her selfless act. All I can think of are the clichéd epithets, but they are all relevant here: Brave. Respect. True hero.

RIP Ms Murata.

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i wonder if other people could have helped her instead of just being "witnesses"?

Great. When someone falls on the tracks and gets killed, we get comments about no one trying to help the vicitim. When someone tries to help, and gets killed doing it, the speculation starts about people standing by and not helping the helper.

Maybe when someone's about to be hit by a train, there isn't much time to react, and people more than 10 metres away can't get there in time.

You should be glad you've never seen someone hit by a train, and doubly glad that after seeing something like that you don't have people blaming you for supposedly standing around and letting it happen.

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you are kind and brave, RIP.

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Truely courageous. Risking your life to save a stranger is the ultimate in bravery.

It reminds me of a small park in central London that has plaques dedicated to the bravery of individuals, telling the story of how each one gave their life trying to save others. Very moving place.

Genuinely moving. Am going to refrain from moaning about the excessive use of 'RIP' on this occasion.

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