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TWO commuters have been hailed heroes for jumping onto railway tracks to rescue a woman as a train approached.
The victim fell from the platform at Richmond railway station on Tuesday about 9.15am as horrified people waiting for a train looked on.
Security footage shows two men jump down to help as the woman, who is believed to have had a fever, lay motionless.
One of the rescuers, Sohan Senanayake, said he looked up at a screen and saw there was one minute until the next train would arrive.
Mr Senanayake said he yelled at fellow commuters to wave and try to slow the train down as he and another man jumped down to the tracks.
He told Channel Seven there was no time to help the woman where she lay and that she needed to be immediately lifted to the platform.
The train pulled in at the platform about a minute later.
Ambulance Victoria paramedics took the victim to the Alfred Hospital in a stable condition with shoulder and rib injuries.
"She was incredibly lucky, from all accounts," an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said.
Metro spokesman Daniel Hoare also praised her rescuers.
"This incident shows how quickly an accident can happen near a train line and it highlights just how careful you need to be around trains,’’ he said.
"We appreciate this was a unique and unavoidable accident, but it highlights that anyone waiting for a train should always stay behind the yellow line on a platform.
"The situation could have had a tragic outcome if not for the courage and quick thinking of those who helped. We're grateful to all of those involved for their assistance during what was a distressing situation."
It was reported last night that the men would be nominated for bravery awards.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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