At approximately 3:50 p.m. yesterday, a loud scream was heard as a train pulled up to the JR Yamanote Line platform at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station. Seconds later, crowds of people gathered around one particular train car and station staff in smart jackets and caps could be seen running up and down the platform.
Someone was trapped beneath the train.
In a scene not unlike that of July 22 this year when a woman slipped and became pinned between a train and the platform edge, commuters quickly banded together to push the train away from the platform so that the fallen passenger could be freed, with many Japanese Twitter users uploading snaps of the incident online.
▼ “I was about to take the Yamanote Line, then an accident happened right before my eyes. People are pushing the train now.”
Moments after the crowd gathered, an announcement was made over the station’s public address system informing commuters that a woman was trapped beneath the train and asking for their help in pushing the carriage back far enough for station staff to retrieve her.
The woman, said to be in her 60s, reportedly called for help from beneath the train and was lying prostrate between the rails of the track. It is believed that she had attempted to kill herself by jumping in front of the train.
The exact details of what transpired immediately before the accident are still unclear, but one commuter who witnessed the scene commented that he heard a shout moments before the loop-line train pulled into the station and witnessed someone falling from the platform, adding: “When [she] was pulled out it looked like she was still alive. Everyone was crying.”
With commuters’ help, the woman was freed from beneath the train car and taken away for treatment. Reports suggest that the accident, which occurred just before the evening rush hour, affected more than 26,000 people.