Man crushed to death at Nanjing station after walking in front of train to reach platform

A man got trapped between a high-speed train and the platform at Nanjing South Railway Station, but tragically could not be rescued in time.

According to Shanghaiist, commuters had seen the victim walking slowly in front of a train as he tried to reach the platform when the fatal accident occurred.

Rescuers quickly arrived on scene in an attempt to free him, by using a jackhammer to drill away the station platform around him.

A video circulating online shows how people can be heard telling the man to "keep breathing" and "don't sleep".

Despite everyone's best efforts, he slowly lost conscious and was crushed to death. A doctor pronounced him dead at the scene.

It is unclear why the man was walking on the train tracks to begin with.