Scores of rush hour commuters lent a hand to save a woman who fell through a gap in platform at a train station in Japan.

A public announcement at the busy Japan Railway Minami-Urawa station in Saitama, north of Tokyo, prompted around 40 passengers to help staff push the 32-ton train carriage to its side to free a woman who fell on the tracks after slipping into the gap between the platform and the train.

The woman, in her 30s, emerged unscathed to applause after her rescue.

After just an eight-minute delay, train operations resumed.

A photographer for Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest daily newspaper, captured the moment.