Twist as a lucky commuter who was rescued by hero bystanders after falling in front of a moving train is ARRESTED after leaving hospital
- A 57-year-old man fell onto the train tracks at Redfern station and lay there unconscious
- Passers-by struggled to pick it up as a train approached and panic set in
- He was admitted to hospital with head injuries and arrested on his release
The man who was heroically helped by passers-by at one of Australia’s busiest train stations has been arrested by police after being released from hospital in a major twist.
The 57-year-old narrowly avoided being killed by a train in Redfern on Friday April 1 after falling onto the tracks as a train approached before being taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with head and wrist injuries.
But on his release from the RPAH he was arrested by NSW Police and taken to Mascot Police Station.
There he was charged with breaching an apprehended violence order.
The man who was heroically helped by passers-by at one of Australia’s busiest train stations has been arrested by police in a major twist
A number of Sydney train workers informed the driver of the situation, with the injured man still on the platform as the train stopped at Redfern.
The man was heroically helped by several other passengers who jumped onto the tracks where he had fallen and lay unconscious.
They tried to lift the tall man, but as they struggled to realize a train was coming, they forced most of them back onto the platform.
Footage from a bystander’s camera captured the dramatic scenes, in which screams and screams are heard as panic sets in.
A man cheated death recently after falling headfirst onto the tracks at a busy station – with a train just minutes away (pictured, the scenes at Redfern in Sydney on April 1)
Emergency services personnel are seen at Redfern station shortly after the man was recovered from the tracks
His camera swung repeatedly from the man on the tracks, to the overhead monitors announcing the imminent arrival of the next train, to the tunnel where the train appears.
Station staff desperately beckoned the driver, waving red flags to stop as soon as possible.
The train managed to stop just short of a woman, next to the fallen man, who was calmly standing with his back to the engine.
Transport Minister David Elliott praised all staff involved in stopping the train and said they would receive “appropriate rewards”.
‘I am extremely proud of Sydney Trains staff who reacted immediately without thinking about their own safety,’ he said.
“They knew what protocols they had to introduce, they knew what they had to do to stop that train in time, and they averted a tragedy.”
The man was charged with breaching an AVO at Mascot Police Station after his release from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Mr Elliott said the incident reminded commuters “to be aware of the dangers around you”.
The man at the center of the incident appeared in Parramatta Local Court and was released on bail to appear again on May 3 in Sutherland Local Court.