A mother waiting for a commuter train in West Philly got the scare of her life yesterday when her 14-month-old child, sitting in her stroller, somehow found her little self rolling off the platform and on to the train tracks. And all this was caught on camera.
As we can see from the video, the mom is initially standing on the platform, and it looks as though she tried to kick down on the brake before becoming distracted by whatever it was that caught her attention (since they’re outside, she might have been on the phone texting). Seconds later, the stroller slowly starts moving forward with the baby sitting forward and upright in it. Moments after that, the stroller passes the thick yellow cautionary line and end ups rolling off the platform on to the tracks as the mom tries to rush to grab it. She jumps down on the tracks to grab her baby and hand the child to a man standing on the platform, as people run to help her get the stroller and herself off the tracks. Luckily, for both mom and daughter, the rail the baby fell on was not carrying an electrical charge according to the NBC affiliate in Philly, and despite a cut on her forehead, they report that she should be fine.
Thankfully, the mother also received help from people standing by. One person helped the young woman get off the track, and another pressed an emergency alert button (which can be seen in the video), which let controllers know there was an incident, and they were able to hold back an oncoming train that was coming in less than a minute.
This video was definitely crazy to watch, especially when you think of a 14-month-old falling out of the stroller and probably not being quick enough to use her hands to help ease her fall. But this is definitely a warning to people with children who ride commuter trains. You have to be aware at all times with what’s going on with your kids. Despite how slow that stroller was moving, it was moving fast enough that no one realized it and could do anything about it. Scary.
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Video courtesy of nbcphiladelphia.com.