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Elderly man in wheelchair falls from train platform in Melbourne onto train tracks at Jacana station

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Two strangers come to the rescue after an elderly man’s mobile wheelchair jumps off a platform while his helpless wife watched – and the tragic reason why he lost concentration

  • Gary Stapleton, 62, was rescued by commuters from train tracks after falling
  • He was driving his electric wheelchair across the platform when he lost control of the steering wheel
  • 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 in finding the brave commuters who rescued him after his wheelchair fell off a platform onto the track.

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 nearly ruined by Mr Stapleton’s dangerous fall.

Nine news reports that the couple, who are both wheelchair-bound due to degenerative illness, were distracted by the death of their grandson earlier that week.

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Gary Stapleton, 62, and wife Sue want to find the bystanders who helped save Mr Stapleton after he fell on a train track in Melbourne (above)

But as Mr Stapleton approached the platform at Jacana station, he lost control of his power chair and drove off the platform and onto the train tracks below.

“I just yelled ‘help, help,’ I didn’t know what else to do,” said Mrs. Stapleton.

Two men ran over to him, jumped to where Mr. Stapleton lay and began to lift him off the track, aided by a third man who pulled the retired man onto the platform.

Mr and Mrs Stapleton (above) are wheelchair-bound due to a degenerative illness and were only able to call for help after the dangerous fall

Mr and Mrs Stapleton (above) are wheelchair-bound due to a degenerative illness and were only able to call for help after the dangerous fall

Bystanders rushed to the platform to help pull Mr Stapleton and his electric wheelchair off the train track (above), while train operators watching from CCTV halted trains in the area

Bystanders rushed to the platform to help pull Mr Stapleton and his electric wheelchair off the train track (above), while train operators watching from CCTV halted trains in the area

Mindful that a train might be approaching at any moment, five more commuters hopped onto the track to lift Mr. Stapleton’s wheelchair back onto the platform.

Fortunately, Mr. Stapleton was not injured by his fall and the couple were able to continue their journey.

Ms Stapleton said they were both incredibly grateful for the people who helped save Mr Stapleton.

“If it weren’t for them, I might not have been here,” Mr. Stapleton said.

Mr Stapleton (above) said he 'may not have been here' had the commuters not been there and hopes to find them again and thank them

Mr Stapleton (above) said he ‘may not have been here’ had the commuters not been there and hopes to find them again and thank them

But Ms Stapleton said the incident was another reminder for commuters to be careful about wheelchairs.

“Train stations are not built for wheelchairs. You have to be so careful going around the seats because there isn’t really enough space on the platform,” she said.

The couple’s family hopes to find the commuters who helped save Mr. Stapleton and thanks them again.

Metro Trains Melbourne has also thanked commuters for helping Mr Stapleton and said they were temporarily halting trains in the area after seeing the elderly man’s fall on CCTV.

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