Woman killed by train after saving man

Victim ran from dad's car to offer help on crossing


A woman was struck and killed by a train Tuesday after rushing onto a Yokohama railroad crossing and moving to safety a 74-year-old man she saw lying on the tracks, police said.

Natsue Murata, 40, a company employee from Yokohama, was in a car with her father waiting at the crossing when they saw the man lying on the tracks at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

As soon as she saw the man, she rushed out from the front passenger seat and tried to save him, the police said.

“I have to save him,” she cried out, according to her father, Shigehiro Murata, 67. “I said don’t go. There isn’t enough time,” he later told reporters.

She managed to move the man but couldn’t avoid the oncoming train, the police said.

A passerby pushed the emergency button and the train’s driver braked hard, but couldn’t stop the train in time, according to the police.

The man was taken to a hospital where he was treated for a broken collarbone. The police said they planned to question him.

Murata and her father were returning to their workplace, a real estate firm he manages. The incident occurred at a crossing between Kamoi and Nakayama stations on the JR Yokohama Line.

The train was bound for Hashimoto from Higashi-Kanagawa.

“Although you died, the man’s life was saved. I can only say that,” Shigehiro Murata said of his daughter.

On Wednesday, many people offered flowers and prayed for Murata at the accident site.

A 68-year-old man who lives nearby said he felt very sorry for her father.

“I don’t know what to say, thinking about the father’s feelings. He saw his daughter killed in front of him,” the man said.

  • Tory Gates

    There goes a heroic lady. I give her family my sympathy and respect.

  • Glen Douglas Brügge

    A person to be admired.

  • George Gray Jr

    God Bless her and may she find peace. My condolences to the father. He raised a fine lady.

  • Richard Henderson

    A true act of courage when you give your life to save another. My condolences to her family from us here in Australia.


    This story is very sad, but also shows that random acts of kindness still exist.
    My condolences to her family…

  • Thaddeus Stone

    I hope the man she saved goes on to make something of his life…oh wait, he’s 74.

  • chiefzusaf

    Now this was a truly heroic act…very sad but heroic indeed. May she rest in peace. Condolences to her family.

  • EQ

    A heroic young lady. Sincere condolences to her family. I saw the report on TV. She was on the other side of the railroad track so she had to cross two tracks to get to the person. It seems no one on the side closer to the person helped. In a country as densely populated as Japan and at the time the accident happened, I cannot imagine not having people on both side of a railroad cross waiting. Perhaps, at that time, there was nobody on the closer side waiting to cross. I hope that this is the case because how horrible it would be if there had been people on the closer side who just watched and did nothing to help…

  • KaiHarate

    The whole world is reading about this story online. The pain for her family must be great but over time they can be proud of her exceptional bravery. To give your life (intentionally or not) so that someone else will live is the ultimate act of love one can show. Peace be with her and family.

  • http://www.jlist.com Peter Payne

    Was it a young, healthy woman dying to save a mentally ill and/or suicidal old man? Not a good exchange IMHO.

  • Jack

    No greater honor as to give up ones life for anothers.

  • Maurizio Monte

    R.I.P Natsue. Her family is going through a horrible time

  • Vasu Seshadri

    A sad ending reveals how short life is when altruistic endeavors are bestowed upon another human being. She truly is a hero not only for her deeds but her selfless act of risking her life to help an unknown person. God bless the families.

  • Caleb Evan Parsons

    Saving people is awesome and all and I would do it, even knowing I’d die, for my family in a heartbeat. But this guy was 74 and for all we know, he could have been piss drunk. Does this 40 yr old woman have children? If so, I’d say her act was selfish.

  • http://www.tadaimatte.com/ Ashley Haley

    Why would she assume that he wanted to end his own life?
    My first thought if I saw someone fallen on the tracks would be that they had collapsed or stumbled and hurt themselves.