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Heart-stopping moment a commuter’s FOOT gets stuck in the railway track as a suburban train approaches – after taking a shortcut across the tracks
- Train drivers and commuters faced with the scourge of irresponsible trespassers
- One offender got his shoe stuck in a track as a suburban train closed in on him
- Consequences can be fatal with train drivers offering colleagues support
A commuter taking a shortcut across rail lines narrowly escaped with his life after getting his shoes stuck in the tracks before failing to climb onto a platform with an incoming train hurtled towards him.
The man attempted to hoist himself onto a platform before desperate commuters dragged him up as the train came to a halt.
It’s a dangerous game Melbourne train drivers are all too familiar with, as the acts potentially cause extensive delays across the Metro network.
Train driver Llewellyn Dixon-Mason said he has had enough of the reckless behaviour.
‘Quite often it can get etched into your memory forever,’ Mr Dixon-Mason told 9News on Tuesday. ‘I can still describe the 13 incidents I have been through.’
It comes after Melbourne recorded 2,814 trespass incidents across the city’s Metro network last year – working out to be almost eight per day.
Commuters, dicing with death, have been videoed trespassing across railway tracks as trains approach, with some running back and forth in front of moving trains.
A woman was recently filmed jogging across tracks with an incoming train bearing down on her, after the rail boom gates had closed.
She is seen again running back across as the train grinds to a halt at the Prahran rail station.
Another incident saw a group in Melbourne’s south running across lines before a train pulls in, with one of them picking something up in the train’s pathway before walking off.
Whoops: a man’s shoe gets stuck in rail tracks as a Metro commuter train approaches
The man fails to hoist himself onto tracks, prompting commuters to drag him onto the platform (pictured) as the Melbourne Metro train slams on breaks
Metro has developed a trauma recovery program designed to help drivers who experience the shocking event of running over people.
It gives awareness to drivers of what support is out there – and uses drivers who have experienced trauma on the job to help other workers facing similar incidents.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last February that general crime at Melbourne’s train stations had jumped from 7580 in 2019 to 7720 in 2020.
These Victorian Crime Statistics Agency figures came despite the city’s extensive lockdown in 2020.
Dandenong station topped the list as the city’s most crime riddled suburban station, the Herald Sun reported last February.
The stop in the city’s southeast recorded 539 offences in 2020, up from 347 in 2019 – and higher than the previous four years.