• Kyodo


A visually impaired man who fell from a railway platform at a station in Kobe on Friday was rescued by three other passengers who were waiting for a train on the opposite platform, station officials said.

Kitao Inoue, a 59-year-old resident of Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, was walking alone on a railway platform at Kosoku Nagata Station in Kobe’s Nagata Ward at around 10 a.m. when he fell on to the tracks, they said.

Tokuji Ikemoto, 66, and two others jumped on to the track to rescue Inoue, with a train scheduled to arrive at the station, which is owned by Kobe Kosoku Railway, within three minutes.

Inoue broke one of his legs in his fall, the train officials said. No train officials were present on the station platforms at the time of the accident.

Ikemoto said he jumped onto the tracks immediately after seeing Inoue fall as he did not believe he had time to alert train officials, the officials said.

Railway services were not delayed as a result of the accident, they said.

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