A stroller carrying a 14-month-old girl rolled off a slanted platform at a Pennsylvania train station recently and fell onto the tracks. With the help of other passengers, the girl’s mother quickly leaped onto the tracks and rescued the baby.
According to Scott Sauer, director of system safety for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, "What it looks like to us is that the mother became distracted by something, didn't apply the brake on the stroller and the stroller was able to move off the platform and onto the tracks."
This terrifying surveillance video shows the jogging stroller on the eastbound platform, which is slanted slightly for drainage purposes. The stroller rolls forward and topples on the tracks about five feet below. Thankfully, what initially appears to be the girl flying out of the stroller is just a towel or bag.
The stroller comes to rest on the outer rail, which (also thankfully) carries no charge. The woman jumps down and lifts the girl to a man on the platform. Other passengers run in to help, and one calls SEPTA police, who are able to hold back an incoming train.
The infant was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment of a cut on her forehead.
Sauer said during a news conference that watching the video was "gut-wrenching." This line is one of SEPTA's busiest, with trains running every six to ten minutes. SEPTA police said no charges will be filed but released the video of the accident to serve as a reminder for other riders to always lock stroller brakes when waiting on platforms.