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Watch: child rescued from London track 'seconds before train arrives'


This is the moment a mother rescued a child from train tracks just seconds before a train arrived, according to police.

The youngster’s pushchair was blown onto the London Underground line while left unattended, a statement from British Transport Police (BTP) said.

CCTV shows a woman – believed to be the mother – jumping onto the tracks to recover the buggy and child.

A man had left the pushchair on the platform at Goodge Street – on the Northern Line – while he helped other family members down some stairs.

BTP said it was a ‘near-fatal’ incident: the woman rescued the child just ‘seconds before a train pulled up’.

Chief Inspector Mark Lawrie said: “This was a frightening incident, not just for the scale of the danger the child was exposed to, but also because the woman then put her own life on the line by going onto the tracks.

“We urgently need to identify the people involved to ensure the child wasn’t injured as a result of the fall onto the tracks.

“I have taken the step of releasing CCTV of the people involved to highlight the very real concern we have for all involved.

“This incident shows just how much respect rail passengers should have for the network.

“It is, when used incorrectly, a hazardous environment and the proper care should always be taken, particularly on busy platforms and in areas which are affected by the gusts of wind which can blow through tunnels.”

Phil Hufton, chief operating officer for London Underground, said: “London Underground has an excellent and continually improving safety record and such incidents on the Tube are very rare. The safety of our customers is our number one priority and like on all railways we advise customers to take care when travelling on the network. I urge anyone who knows the family involved to contact British Transport Police.”

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