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A stroller carrying a 14-month-old slid off the platform of a Philadelphia train station on Wednesday, prompting the baby's mother to jump onto the tracks to save her child.
A surveillance video shows an unlocked jogging stroller slowly rolling off the platform and onto the tracks at the 56th Street station of the Market-Frankford Line in west Philadelphia, which transportation officials say is slightly slanted for drainage purposes. When the mother, who remains unidentified, realized what happened, she jumped onto the tracks and picked up her child before handing her daughter to one of the commuters who ran over to help. Another good samaritan used the emergency call box to alert the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of the incident, Fox News reports.
"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," said Scott Sauer, director of system safety for the SPTA, who added that the line is one of Philadelphia's busiest, with trains coming every 6 to 10 minutes. "With the stroller moving at such a slow rate of speed, you know, you want to call out to someone, 'Hey, the stroller's moving! Somebody grab the stroller,'" Sauer said.
The infant was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to treat a cut on her forehead.