Two strangers come to the rescue after an elderly man’s mobile wheelchair plunged off a train platform while his helpless wife watched on – and the tragic reason why he lost concentration
- Gary Stapleton, 62, was rescued by commuters from the train tracks after falling
- He was driving his electric wheelchair along the platform when he lost control
- Bystanders immediately rushed to lift him and the wheelchair to the platform
- He and his wife, Sue, hope to find the commuters to thank them for their help
An elderly man has asked for help finding the brave commuters that rescued him after his wheelchair toppled off a train platform onto the tracks.
Gary Stapleton, 62, and his wife Sue were left helpless in early April when a trip to see the ducks at Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, was almost ruined by Mr Stapleton’s dangerous fall.
Nine News reports the couple, who are both wheelchair bound because of a degenerative disease, were distracted by the death of their grandson earlier that week.
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Gary Stapleton, 62, and his wife Sue want to find the bystanders that helped rescue Mr Stapleton after he fell onto a Melbourne train track (above)
However as Mr Stapleton approached the Jacana station platform he lost control of his electric wheelchair and drove off the platform onto the train tracks below.
‘I just screamed, ‘help, help’, I didn’t know what else to do,’ Mrs Stapleton said.
Two men ran over, jumped down to where Mr Stapleton lay and began lifting him off the track, helped by a third man who pulled the pensioner onto the platform.
Mr and Mrs Stapleton (above) are wheelchair bound by a degenerative disease and could only call for help after the dangerous fall
Bystanders rushed over to the platform to help pull Mr Stapleton and his electric wheelchair off the train track (above) while train operators watching from CCTV stopped trains in the area
Mindful that a train could approach any second, five more commuters jumped onto the track to help lift Mr Stapleton’s wheelchair back onto the platform.
Thankfully Mr Stapleton was uninjured by his fall and the couple were still able to go through with their trip.
Mrs Stapleton said they were both incredibly grateful for the people that helped rescue Mr Stapleton.
‘If it wasn’t for them I mightn’t be here,’ Mr Stapleton said.
Mr Stapleton (above) said he ‘mightn’t be here’ if it hadn’t been for the commuters’ help and he hopes to find and thank them again
However Mrs Stapleton said the incident was another reminder for commuters to take care around wheelchairs.
‘Train stations are not built for wheelchairs. You have to be so careful when you go past the chairs because there is not really enough room on the platform,’ she said.
The couple’s family hope to find the commuters that helped rescue Mr Stapleton and thank them again.
Metro Trains Melbourne have also thanked the commuters for helping Mr Stapleton and said they temporarily stopped trains in the area after spotting the elderly man’s fall on CCTV.