A quick-thinking GRP constable saved an elderly passenger from a fatal fall into the gap between the platform and a moving train at Vasai station in Palghar district of Maharashtra, officials said on Thursday.

The incident happened around midnight on Wednesday, the officials said.

The passenger, Vijay Malekar (74), who lives in Nalla Sopara, tried to board the train which had already started moving and lost his balance and fell into the gap, they said.

The GRP constable on duty immediately ran and rescued the man safely, said the officials.

The Deadly Gap: How to Avoid Platform-Train Accidents

Every day, millions of people use trains to commute, travel, or explore. But getting on and off trains can be risky if passengers are not careful. The gap between the train and the platform can be a deadly hazard for passengers who try to board a moving train.

This is not an isolated incident. In Tokyo, Japan, there have been numerous accidents in which passengers have fallen onto the tracks as the space between the platform and the trains is too wide. The authorities have decided to move the platform to a section where the railroad tracks are laid out in a straight line, closing the gap between the platform and trains.

In Brisbane, Australia, Queensland Rail has shared CCTV footage of several people falling through the gap between train and platform, as the number of accidents continues to rise. In one of the videos, a woman is seen attempting to board a train from Darra station, when she loses her balance and falls headfirst under the train.

These accidents highlight the need for caution and awareness among passengers while boarding trains. Here are some tips to avoid platform-train accidents:

  • Do not try to board a moving train or tram. Wait for the next one.
  • Do not rush or push while getting on or off trains. Use handrails if available.
  • Mind the gap between the train and the platform. Look down and step over it carefully.
  • Do not lean on or cross the yellow line on platforms. Stay behind it until the train stops completely.
  • If you see someone trapped or dragged by a departing train or tram, alert the staff or press the emergency button immediately.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure your safety and that of others while using trains. Remember, the gap between the train and the platform can be a deadly hazard for passengers who try to board a moving train.