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A man's lucky escape at falling onto train tracks at a Melbourne station has prompted a warning from public transport authorities for commuters to take greater care.
Vision released by Public Transport Victoria shows a man slipping off the platform at Thomastown station, in the city's north, after he stepped too close to the edge.
The man appears so engrossed in a conversation on his mobile phone that as he checks for a train, he oversteps the edge of the platform and topples over. Fortunately for him there was no train arriving.
A PTV spokesman said the man suffered a bloodied nose and was left dazed. The vision shows two students running from the other side of the platform to come to the man's aid, before the trio walked across the tracks to get to the other side of the platform.
The incident happened mid-morning in early May.
PTV network operations director Norman Gray said the incident highlighted the fact that many accidents on the public transport network were preventable.
Mr Gray called on commuters to take greater responsibility.
"There has been a spate of preventable accidents on the network recently and we all need to play our part in safety on public transport," he said.
"It is important for commuters to respect the safety controls in place for trams, trains and buses. They are designed for all of our protection."
Mr Gray advised people against jumping on to train tracks to help others, and instead called on witnesses to notify Metro staff or to press the emergency button at stations.
The footage was released to highlight Rail Safety Week, which starts on August 13.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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