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TOKYO: Pushy train passengers free woman stuck in gap

Pushy train passengers free woman stuck in gapTOKYO (AP) — Dozens of Japanese train passengers gave the term "pushy passenger" a new meaning when they pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 8-inch gap between the train and platform during the busy morning rush hour Monday.
 
The act of heroism was captured by a newspaper photographer, whose photo of the rescue ran in the Yomiuri daily's evening edition.
 
About 40 people helped the staff who were pushing the car upon hearing an announcement that a passenger had been trapped.
 
A Yomiuri Shimbun photographer who happened to be at JR Minami-Urawa station, just north of Tokyo, said there was applause when the woman in her mid-30s, who fell to her waist, was safely rescued without any serious injuries.
 
After just an eight-minute delay, the train went on its way.

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