The Stirling Train station incident generated vast international attention.

The Stirling Train station incident generated vast international attention.

The story of a man who had his leg stuck in the gap between a passenger train and platform in Perth and was freed thanks to people power has taken off across the world.

International media have been running the story since it emerged on Wednesday.

In what Public Transport Authority spokesman Davic Hynes has described as a “freak incident”, the so far unidentified man managed to slip into the five centimetre gap between a train and a platform as he tried to enter the train.

Passengers then worked together to push the train away from the platform for the man to be able to free his leg and escape without serious injury.

The footage of the incident posted online by the PTA has been viewed by more than half a million people since it went up less than 24 hours ago.

Footage posted by the ABC had more than 1.8 million views by late morning on Thursday.

Mr Hynes said he could not recall a PTA-related incident that had garnered so much interest.

“I guess it’s good vision and it’s a good, nice thing where people who don’t know each other and in a normal context would not have any reason to interact, were pushing together to help someone,” he said.

“The vision shows people smiling afterwards, fist pumping and patting each other on the back.”

The footage has also been played on television stations across Europe, Asia and America.

Mr Hynes said he and PTA corporate communications media manager Claire Krol had spent the night fielding calls from radio stations and other media outlets around the world.

“It has gathered enormous media attention,” he said.

“We’ve spoken to BBC World, BBC TV, BBC Radio and stations in Japan, New York and Germany.”

Mr Hynes said it was a “nice change” to be dealing with an incident with such a positive outcome.

“The problem with public transport is it gets a bad wrap and unfairly, I think," he said.

“Public transport is a microcosm of what happens in society, when something bad happens on a train it is not because public transport is nasty or bad, it is the people involved.”

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