Australia Winces at Footage of Child Falling Between Train and Platform

By Reuters
July 2, 2019Australia

SYDNEY—Australia released hair-raising security images on Tuesday, July 2, in the video, a child is seen falling between a train station platform and a train, as a reminder to parents to stay vigilant during the busy school holidays.

A train stops at a Sydney station, and a woman pushes a stroller toward the open doors, in the closed-circuit television pictures. As she prepares to lift the stroller onto the train, the child walking beside her plunges into the gap between the woman and the train.

The woman then raises her arm to draw the attention of station staff, while passersby pull the apparently unharmed child back onto the platform.

“A simple thing such as holding your child’s hand when moving around stations and boarding a train can help prevent them from being seriously injured or worse,” Andrew Constance, the transport minister of New South Wales, said in a statement.

Australia train station child dropped
People look down between a train and platform, as a boy fell through train gap, in Sydney, Australia on Feb. 19, 2019, in this video grab obtained by Reuters on July 2, 2019. (SYDNEY TRAINS/via Reuters)

The woman’s face was blurred in the footage and a government spokesman said she could not immediately be reached for comment.

The clip was widely shared on social media, with a post by Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd’s drawing 1,600 comments and 1,100 “shares”.

In another clip released by the government, a child falls face first after tripping in the gap between train and station while disembarking.

A third shows a young person running down the station stairs, only to trip and fall down several steps before hitting a handrail post.

More than half of train station accidents on the 178-station Sydney Trains network take place at the three busiest stations in the city’s central business district, Chief Executive Howard Collins said.

“The most important message I’d like to share with parents is please don’t rush around stations or platforms,” he added.

In 2010, a 15-month-old boy escaped with only minor cuts and bruises when an approaching train hit his stroller, which had rolled over the edge of the platform.

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