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10-16-09, 08:43 AM #1
Baby survives after falling under trainA six-month-old baby had a miraculous escape after his stroller rolled off a railway station platform and into the path of an incoming train.
The incident, which happened Thursday at Ashburton railway station in Melbourne, Australia, was captured by CCTV.
The footage shows the baby's mother momentarily letting go of the stroller, which then rolls over the edge of the platform. Second later, a train pulls in to the station.
10-16-09, 01:05 PM #2
Link goes to balloon boy for some reason. Strange. Anyhow, now with video.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNEAgHLgecU&feature=pl ayer_embedded]YouTube - Amazing video of baby surviving being hit by train[/ame]
10-16-09, 11:35 PM #3
10-16-09, 11:56 PM #4
Sheesh - I can't believe the idiot train station designers sloped the sidewalk DOWNWARD toward the tracks - and NOTHING to catch the wheels of a runaway baby carriage or wheelchair?
More and more of these things are automated these days too, with no driver and no fancy artifical-intellegence image recognition, just proximity sensors. That'd be scary if I rode one of those things pushing a baby buggy or if I was in a wheelchair.
I wonder how many old or handicapped people in wheelchairs have passed out and wound up on the tracks, too?
Some of those old electric subways like in NYC have a hi-current 600v third rail, too - You're instant toast if you fall down and brush that third rail.
A lot of the subways I rode on in England were Diesel, so they didn't have a 3rd rail because they were more medium-hop trains that went from city to city than subways - Good thing, because I saw a kid crossing the tracks in the station. But the train station could get rather smokey. A lot of them have overhead wires now, too, thank goodness.
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