At one hand, a part of me was screaming, "WHY ARE YOU STANDING THERE!? HELP HIM UP! HIS HAND IS RIGHT THERE!" I was disgusted and outraged not a single person, the photographer or anyone there was helping him back on the tracks. The whole thing could have been prevented had people been good Samaritans and helped him right back on the platform.
... on the OTHER hand, I was never put in a situation where someone was pushed onto a train with a train coming on the tracks. It is something you don't see every day. You go into a sense of shock and not believing what your seeing. These things happen.
But... the one taking the photograph and then had it on the doom picture? That isn't a man in shock and he could have put the camera down and helped. Pictures like that with such a caption is the kind you see on 4chan or other dark humor websites. The New York Post? Not exactly where I'd see it.
One does wonder about the absences of fences or walls or anything to keep people from falling in. I know they've got them in Beijing, but I suppose it's possible there are other problems associated with stationary doors.
You have a train some 50-30 feet away... Can you reasonably reach down three feet, pull a hundred and sixty pound man who is panicked up from that?
You have seconds to act.
Answer is most of us do not have the cartoon character strength to reach down and lift that kind of panicked weight.
Instead both you and the trapped man will die.
So the photographer tried in vain to warn the train operator with the flash on the camera. It is very likely the operator never saw the flash as it wouldn't overpower the stations lights to begin with.
BULLSHIT. The photographer was not warning anybody, he SOLD THE PICTURES he was taking. If he was warning the train he would have been yelling not taking pictures. And his pictures would not have turned out well enough to be published if he was warning the train with it. A 160 pound man is nothing. Haven't you sstood in a subway tunnel? The train being that far away is plenty of time that I could pull a man up high enoughto get him out of harm. It would only take a second or two, it's not that hard. Pulling a person out of harms way should NEVER be explained to be too hard. You insult the hundreds of people who perform these acts in the face of great danger. To rescue a person we haven't met is one of the things that makes human. To stand and decide we don't have the time or strength is dispicable. And you just easily accepting that lame explanation as valid is even worse.
A person panicking is very dangerous. If he were cooperative and sound, that would be one thing, but when someone's panicking it's more likely that a would be rescuer would have ended up on the train tracks with him rather than saving him. Especially since gravity would have been on his side.