A man in Berlin faces a fine after being dragged more than 50 feet by a train while he was drunk, according to a German police report.

The 23-year-old was attempting to get onto the S-Bahn at the Brandenburg Gate station on Monday afternoon (1 May) but the door-closing signal had already gone off and he ended up with his right hand caught in the door of the last carriage.

He was dragged to the other end of the platform where he eventually managed to pull his hand free, when he did so, he lost control and fell onto the tracks.

Deutsche Bahn workers lifted him from the tracks just before 5.30pm and despite the potentially life-threatening situation, he suffered just minor wounds and abrasions to his hand, arm and hip. He declined to be treated by medics called to the scene.

Federal police – which oversees Germany's transportation hubs – initiated procedures to fine the man because he had tried to get on the train after the doors-closing signal, and thus caused the accident.

The Brandenburg station is one of the busiest in the German capital with tourists, residents and commuters using it at peak time.

After the incident, the man carried on with his journey through the city.