Passengers comfort train driver after her emotional reason for delay

Court Backman explained the service was running later because she almost hit a pedestrian


A heartwarming photo has captured the moment train passengers comforted their tearful driver following an emotional announcement.

Court Backman, from Melbourne, spoke to the commuters over the train's PA system after her train was delayed when she almost hit a pedestrian on Thursday morning.

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She explained how the person had dashed through a level crossing in front of her while she was driving at around 8.15am.

In these situations, drivers can seek support and a relief driver can be immediately brought in - but Backman decided to carry on regardless, the Herald Sun reports.

Credits: @aaronlangmaid/Twitter

Several women rushed to comfort her

Apologising for the delay to her passengers, she said: "I've been on since 2am, I get it.

"I want to get you guys to work. I want to go home myself.

"Nobody needs to tap their watches or clap their hands ... you don't know why the trains are running late.

"I'm sorry for that. I'm sorry for the fact we are running so late."

Credits: @aaronlangmaid/Twitter

She also said if she were a passenger she would be grateful the train was even running.

Backman started to tear up when she talked about the type of instances train drivers witness - such as pedestrians unexpectedly darting in front of the vehicle.

Twitter user @aaronlangmaid captured the emotional moment Backman's passengers hugged her tightly in an extraordinary show of support.

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