Pushy train passengers free woman stuck in gap
TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of Japanese train passengers pushed a 32-ton train carriage away from the platform to free a woman who had fallen into the 20-centimeter (eight-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.Apparently the train is designed to have a bit of lean to it, and there were sufficient passengers present to help "lean" the train back far enough to allow the woman to wriggle free. The train was only 8 minutes late, too - that's efficiency right there. There's a few reasons this story could never have happened here in America - folks are too self-absorbed, for one; I just don't see a large group of strangers banding together to move a train. Also, the liability aspect - there's no way the (union) train officials would allow a group of regular folks (read: non-union) to even think about approaching the train.
And lastly, no American could fit in an 8" gap...
That is all.