By Henry Williams.
A man is lucky to be alive after falling on to the tracks at Sihui Station in Beijing’s subway system.
Lying injured on the tracks, he probably didn’t stand much of a chance. However, contrary to the stereotype of the Chinese public as compassionless robots that arose from the Yue Yue tragedy, and doing far more than other onlookers in similar situations, passengers on the platform managed to alert the driver of an oncoming train and stop it before the man was killed.
After the train screeched to an emergency stop, passengers went in to action and pulled the fallen passenger back on to the platform. The man had a head injury but was seen to by medics.
A spokesman for the subway company said that he was lucky to have avoided electrocution from the powered rails.
Earlier this month, our parent site Gothamist published a guide on what to do if you fall on the subway tracks.