It’s a video to sends shivers up the spine of every parent – the moment a little girl slips between the train and the platform while boarding at a busy Sydney station.
CCTV footage of the moment the child falls onto the tracks at Sydney’s Epping train station has been released today to warn parents how easily the situation can arise. It was one of 238 accidents at railway stations in NSW last year.
The number of children hurt in accidents at train stations over the same period jumped from 66 to 72. This does not include figures from other Australian states.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says parents need to be more vigilant.
“Please keep an eye on your little ones everywhere, but especially while travelling on our trains,” he says. “One moment of inattention can lead to a potentially fatal incident.
“We’ve seen some truly distressing moments involving children and nobody wants to go through the experience of a child slipping between the train and a platform.”
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins says parents should pay close attention to their children and hold their hands when boarding and exiting a train – and don’t rush.
“The edge of the platform and the gap between it and the train can be a potential risk for young kids. Hold their hand on the platform and when stepping on and off the train,” he says. “It’s school holidays and there are more families making use of our system, so we need to warn of the dangers.”
Another incident (above) shows a boy fall onto tracks at busy Lidcombe station even while holding his mother’s hand and in July last year a Sydney grandfather rescued his granddaughter just time after the 18-month-old’s stroller rolled onto the tracks and into the path of an oncoming freight train.
Parents with children in prams are reminded to apply the pram’s brake and have their hands on the pram at all times while on the platform and on board the train.