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A “TRAIN surfer” narrowly escaped with his life after his idiotic escapade ended in him spreadeagled across busy tracks and moments from death.
Luckily for the 24-year-old would-be daredevil, a quick-thinking train driver saved him.
But authorities have warned the next person to try this stupid stunt may not be so lucky.
Police said the man climbed onto the back of a train while it was stopped at Central Station’s platform 22 about 11.45pm last night but was only able to hold on for 500m before falling onto the tracks inside a tunnel.
A train driver travelling in the same direction spotted the man on the tracks and managed to stop and pull him into the driver’s cabin.
The injured man was treated in the driver’s compartment while emergency services, unaware he had been located, searched rail lines in vain.
He was taken by train to Green Square station where police and paramedics were called.
A Sydney Trains spokesman condemned the man’s actions, saying he was “incredibly lucky to have escaped more serious injury or even death”.
“The safety and security of our customers is the top priority for Sydney Trains and we strongly advise against this type of activity,” he said.
“We work closely with the NSW Police Transport Command, which is responsible for crime prevention across the rail network and we are especially focused on eliminating risk taking behaviour where injury or death can be the end result.”
Passengers caught up in the emergency last night. Picture: Gordon McComiskieThe man was taken to Prince Alfred Hospital with minor injuries, including lacerations to his hands and the back of his head, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Police later issued him with infringement notices for “go onto running lines” and “travel on portion of train not for passengers”.
The train surfer is taken away by paramedics. Picture: Gordon McComiskieTrain surfing has been a long-running problem for Sydney Trains and NSW Police Transport Command after it emerged in 2014 an underground movement had formed which involved young men filming themselves doing dangerous stunts, including train surfing, and sharing them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
It came just two years after Concord teenager Jacob Anderson, 17, died while train surfing after he knocked his head in the tunnel of Lewisham Railway Station.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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