Subway commuters free man trapped by train

Anyone who's ever been on a subway knows to watch their step. In New York, the public announcer warns commuters to stay behind the yellow line. In Madrid, it's about not getting your foot caught between the train and platform. And in London, of course, it's "mind the gap".

But as he approached the subway car at 8:30am local time, one man at Stirling station in Perth, Australia did not heed the warnings and found himself pinched between the train and platform.

"He stood in the doorway and as he was sort of taking up his position there, one leg slipped outside the door, slipped outside the gap, and he was stuck", Transperth spokesman David Hynes told ABC News Australia.

Normally, any delay in service will cause morning commuters to grumble and complain. But in this rare instance, the straphangers transformed into good samaritans.

"We alerted the driver, made sure the train didn't move", Hynes said. "Then our the passengers, and there were lots of them, off the train, and organized them to sort of rock, tilt the train backwards away from the platform so they were able to get him out and rescue him".