CPR performed for collapsed man on Auckland train amid major rail delays
An Auckland commuter has described how fellow passengers rushed to help a man who "screamed out and then collapsed" in the carriage.
Auckland Transport revealed that a medical emergency had occurred at Britomart, blocking a platform and causing delays across the network after an earlier fault.
Trains were still delayed a few hours later but would be back on schedule by midday, a spokesman said.
Witness Tanya O'Neill described the panic that unfolded on her morning journey into the CBD.
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"A man screamed out and then collapsed on the southern train coming into Britomart – just near Spark Arena," O'Neill said.
She said a young man came running over to help. He appeared to a medical professional but could not say for certain.
He began pumping air into the collapsed man while other commuters pushed the emergency buttons and called emergency services.
"The patient did not regain consciousness while we were on the train. It was a bit of chaos.
"We hit the emergency button but nothing seemed to happen.
"Several of us rang 111 and I felt, surely they could get to us even on the tracks. But the train had to be driven into Britomart. No ambulance staff were there yet. I was well out of the station before I heard sirens," she said.
O'Neill said she was heartened to see that everyone pitched in to try and do something. "It seemed like slow motion, but I couldn't believe how much everyone wanted to help."
A St John spokeswoman confirmed ambulance staff attended a medical event at Britomart but could not confirm further details.
The delays compounded commuters' headaches following an electrical fault at Wiri.
Please expect delays to train services across the network due to an earlier train fault near Wiri. pic.twitter.com/mcOIkxEA4J— Auckland Transport (@AklTransport) August 8, 2017
Those driving into the city on Wednesday morning also faced delays.
Heavy rain caused widespread congestion on the city's road network, with many portions of the Southern Motorway grinding to a halt in difficult driving conditions.