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It's a nightmare scenario: a drunken man has fallen onto the tracks at one of Sydney's busiest train stations.
Flailing around helplessly and unable to get back onto the platform, he looks certain to die as a city-bound train comes steaming towards him seconds later.
Confronting CCTV vision obtained by 9News reveals the stomach-churning moment the 40-year-old disappears under the train.
Incredibly, the man survived the accident, which happened just before 1.45am on Saturday May 18, by rolling into the space between the platform and train.
He was subsequently rescued from the tracks in a delicate joint operation by Fire and Rescue NSW, rail staff, NSW Police and NSW Ambulance.
The man on the platform moments before a train arrived. (9News)Firefighters and paramedics had to climb down onto the tracks and squeeze into the narrow space, manoeuvre the man onto a stretcher and deliver him up onto the platform.
He was then taken to RPA in a stable condition.
FRNSW Burwood station officer Sean Askew said it was "miraculous" he suffered only relatively minor injuries.
Earlier footage shows the man careering around unsteadily on the platform, before he walked to the edge of the platform, stepped into mid-air and slammed onto the tracks.
It's possible he believed he was boarding a train that was pulled up on the platform opposite at the time.
Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins says public transport is a good Plan B when you've been out drinking - but passengers still need to act responsibly and make sure they stay behind the yellow line.
He says he recoiled when he was shown the CCTV footage.
"Seeing this person literally walk off the platform straight into the path of an oncoming train - moments later, it could have been a tragedy," he said.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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