Australian trainee nurse saves man who fell on train tracks
A trainee Australian nurse jumped onto railway tracks to rescue a 56-year-old man who had fallen, just minutes before a train was due to come through the Brisbane station.
A TRAINEE Brisbane nurse put her own life at risk to rescue a 56-year-old man who had fallen onto train tracks, just minutes before a train was due to come through.
Kay Seymour was waiting for her train to TAFE at the station on Thursday morning when she said noticed a man walk past who looked confused.
CCTV footage released by Queensland rail shows the man, who had become disorientated as a result of seizures, stepping off the platform onto the tracks at Wooloowin station on Brisbane’s northside.
Whilst one woman rushes to call for help, two try to reach out to the man on the tracks.
Ms Seymour, 42, said the man didn’t respond to their calls.
“I tried to get a verbal response from him at first, but when that didn’t work I said to another lady ‘I’m going to have to get on the tracks’,” Ms Seymour said.
Queensland Rail customer service officer Jill Lyten was on her way into work in the city, and took action to halt any approaching trains.
“I knew how dangerous it was on the tracks. I knew I just had to get the number and call control and stop the trains,” said Ms Lyten.
She rang the emergency number on the back of her work ID card, telling controllers to stop the oncoming train.
Ms Seymour is six months into her nursing training at Southbank Institute of Technology and said they had recently covered situations where people lose orientation.
“I kept asking him questions while getting him to lift both hands, and taking his pulse. His heart rate was up,” Ms Seymour said.
“It’s a matter of just constantly checking that cognitive response. I was surprised how the training just kicked in.”
Queensland Rail released the footage to highlight the need for passengers to be aware of the emergency button located on platforms.
Acting chief executive Jim Benstead said the right thing to do would be alert station staff or press the button.
“It could’ve gone very differently today. It could’ve been disastrous,” Mr Benstead said.
Ms Seymour was able to help the man off the tracks and on to the platform, where he was met by ambulance officers and taken to hospital for treatment.
Watch the footage here: