PARENTS

Toddler Survives After His Buggy Falls In Front Of A Train

13/04/2011 16:43 | Updated 22 May 2015

A toddler has escaped with minor cuts and bruises after his pushchair rolled off a railway platform in front of a train in Melbourne, Australia.

The 15-month-old boy was with his grandmother and three-year-old brother at Tooronga railway station in Malvern when the buggy rolled into the path of a train earlier today.

Train operator Metro says most railway station platforms slope towards the tracks, meaning that if parents let go of their children's buggies they can easily roll away.

Watch this CCTV footage and see for yourself how easily this shocking incident happened.

Metro spokesman Chris Whitefield told The Age that older station platforms were built this way to help with drainage.

New railway platforms built since 2004 must slope away from the tracks and existing platforms which are altered must also comply with new regulations.

"This hasn't happened at the Tooronga platform," the spokesman told The Age. "That would have been its original slope."

Asked what gradient the slope was on the platforms, he told The Age: "Enough, if you have got a pram without its brakes on, to probably roll forward".

Ambulance Victoria paramedic Kate Jessop, who treated the toddler at the scene, told The Age: "It's just the most miraculous circumstances that he is as uninjured as he is.

"I've spoken to the child's grandma now and all she recalls is seeing the pram on the platform and then next time she turned around and she saw it on the tracks. She has had an incredible fright.

"I was assuming the worst [as she headed to the accident] as well and has those awful pictures in my head of a child underneath a train."

However, she said, he only had minor bruises to his face and grazes to his head. He was taken to hospital for a check-up but appeared to be otherwise uninjured.

The train driver has spoken to the police and CCTV footage of the incident will be looked at by the authorities.

Mr Whitefield told The Age: "Obviously it's shocking for all involved.

"It's a timely reminder for people to ensure that the brakes are properly applied on prams, and to keep your hand on the pram at all times."

That's true - but surely it shouldn't be this easy for a pram to fall in front of a train?

Source: The Age

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