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Alleged racist attack leaves woman on train track

Austrian police arrested a man after he allegedly subjected an African woman to a tirade of racist remarks before pushing her onto a train track and then running off.

But the man was caught after another passenger held onto his wife until police arrived – and they were able to use her to trace him.

Police said that the African woman almost died after breaking her leg in the fall and being unable to get back onto the station platform.

She was helped at the last minute by others and taken to hospital.

According to eyewitnesses the 51-year-old accused man was with his wife when they turned up at the Taborstraße Station and was instantly annoyed by the presence of the African woman and a friend.

He had started attacking the African woman verbally and the situation escalated when the man punched the 36-year-old woman in the head and then shoved her deliberately onto the tracks, according to police.

The emergency stop button was used but it was too late to stop a train that was already coming into the station.

The man ran off but was caught through his wife and claimed he had actually been the victim, and felt himself threatened and just wanted to push the woman away from him. He said he certainly didn't want to hurt her.

The woman has undergone emergency surgery and is still in hospital.

The man is currently in investigative custody on attempted murder charges.

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