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Baby hit by train and survives - video released (God was with this child)
Herald Sun ^ | 16th October 2009 | Mark Buttler, Ashley Gardiner

Posted on 10/16/2009 6:51:27 PM PDT by naturalman1975

CCTV footage of a baby's miracle escape when a pram was slammed by a peak-hour train has been released.

Witnesses at a suburban Melbourne station feared the worst but were stunned when the six-month-boy was hauled from the tracks with little more than a bump on his head.

The near-miss happened at Ashburton station as a city-bound train pulled into the station just after 4pm yesterday.

The baby was strapped into a three-wheeler pram that rolled forward and toppled on to the tracks.

The pram was carried 30 metres as the desperate driver tried to pull up the 250-tonne train. It ploughed into the pram at about 35km/h, dragging the child along beneath the front carriage.

Witnesses watched in horror, fearing the baby had no hope.

But he was safely back in his mother's arms when ambulance officers arrived minutes later.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: miracles; rail
Video is at source, but is much easier to view on youtube.
1 posted on 10/16/2009 6:51:27 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

I think I would have had a heart attack on the spot.


2 posted on 10/16/2009 6:55:27 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: naturalman1975

I’m wondering why the train platform has such a decided slope towards the tracks and no safety curb of any kind.


3 posted on 10/16/2009 6:57:12 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: naturalman1975

Can you imagine telling the kid the story latter on in life.

“Yes honey, when you were little you got run over by a train”.


4 posted on 10/16/2009 6:58:46 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: naturalman1975

or is it another hoax?


5 posted on 10/16/2009 6:59:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SpaceBar

Most platforms have a slight slope so rain water can run off.


6 posted on 10/16/2009 6:59:58 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: Revolting cat!

No, it’s real. Definitely.


7 posted on 10/16/2009 7:00:18 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: SpaceBar

yeeesh! that would worry me too. prams would not be the only thing in danger of going on to the tracks, and an object on the tracks could well upset the train.


8 posted on 10/16/2009 7:01:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: naturalman1975

near-miss

sigh


9 posted on 10/16/2009 7:01:42 PM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: naturalman1975

So make it spill to the side, or even backwards through a perforated grill.


10 posted on 10/16/2009 7:02:22 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: naturalman1975

I saw the video earlier... a heartstopping moment to be sure. I cannot imagine what that mom went through in those moments. Wow. Miracle that the kid is unhurt.

I do take issue with the title, a bit. Yes of course it seems miraculous... but to say that “God was with” this one would seem to imply that God wasn’t “with” other children that die in accidents. I’d be careful about going there, seems to me.


11 posted on 10/16/2009 7:03:35 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

There are certainly arguments to be made for a different solution - but these stations were built over a century ago, and accidents of this type are extremely rare.


12 posted on 10/16/2009 7:03:59 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Adding a curb, or a gate that only opens for stopped trains, would be another option. I could see this happening to a wheelchair.


13 posted on 10/16/2009 7:07:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

One would think in a moment of lucidity the engineers who designed it asked themselves what would happen should a small unsecured wheeled device such as a baby carriage were on the platform, but apparently not.


14 posted on 10/16/2009 7:07:19 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: naturalman1975
Oh my gosh, you know God was with that baby.

My uncle, my grandmothers first child was struck by a train and killed when he was 2 years old. My grandfather took the horse and buggy out, my grandmother didn't know he'd left the gate open. She put the baby out back, the train tracks were just up the street. He toddled out to the tracks and was hit and killed.

15 posted on 10/16/2009 7:11:01 PM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Over the decades, a variety of different train designs have run on this network, with doors in different locations. Currently there are four models of train in service with two different door configurations. There are 200 stations on the network. Automated gates would either need to be redesigned every time a new type of train is introduced, or trains would have to be limited to a particular door design, reducing available choices. To deal with a type of accident that is extremely rare.


16 posted on 10/16/2009 7:13:04 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

This video was hard to watch. Thank God the child is ok. Wow.


17 posted on 10/16/2009 7:13:08 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: naturalman1975

WOW. The mother was clearly horrified. Can’t imagine what she was feeling. Glad it worked out OK.


18 posted on 10/16/2009 7:17:55 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: SpaceBar

Or wheelchairs.


19 posted on 10/16/2009 7:28:19 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: naturalman1975

God was, but the mother sure wasn’t.


20 posted on 10/16/2009 7:35:32 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: naturalman1975; SpaceBar

And snow, which can turn into a block of ice.


21 posted on 10/16/2009 7:36:53 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: HiTech RedNeck

My mother had five children. I was the oldest and many times had to help her with my brothers or sister in their stroller. The first lesson she taught me was how to put the brakes on and make sure the stroller would not roll on its own. Then I was to place myself between the stroller and the tracks and watch like a hawk in the subways to make sure no one “accidently” bumped it onto the tracks.


22 posted on 10/16/2009 7:37:39 PM PDT by Waryone (II Chronicles 7:14)
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To: naturalman1975

I want to see the video of the rescue.


23 posted on 10/16/2009 7:42:36 PM PDT by murphE ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - GK Chesterton)
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To: SpaceBar

Virtually all baby carriages are equipped with an easy-to-operate foot brake. Sane parents use them if they’re on a train platform and going to let go of the carriage AND look away (and have the wheels aimed right at the track!). Nobody in a wheelchair is going to just roll off a platform. People who are operating their own wheelchairs are aware of when they’re moving and would stop it immediately. Caretakers who are pushing a wheelchair certainly should have the sense to use the foot brake before letting go (and ALL wheelchairs have foot brakes), and most wheelchair riders would let out a scream if they starting rolling even an inch in the direction of the edge of train platform. The tot was too young to realize how dangerous it was, and probably just figured if the stroller was moving, mommy must be pushing it where it’s supposed to go.


24 posted on 10/16/2009 7:43:39 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: murphE
I want to see the video of the rescue.

I want to see the video of the filming of the fake moon landing.

25 posted on 10/16/2009 7:45:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

I would just like seeing the happy ending after that disturbing scene - that’s all I’m saying.


26 posted on 10/16/2009 7:48:37 PM PDT by murphE ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - GK Chesterton)
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To: murphE

The rescue was conducted on the opposite side of the train where there were CCTV cameras. There was a news photographer on the scene but he believed they were removing a baby’s body (nobody knew the child was alive until they got her out) and so was not taking many photos.

I don’t know if any have emerged.


27 posted on 10/16/2009 8:55:48 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975
where there were CCTV cameras

should read

where there were no CCTV cameras

28 posted on 10/16/2009 8:57:26 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: SpaceBar
A curb could contribute to someone tripping on it and falling on to the tracks. In inclement weather, it could also create a ‘dam’ causing ice to form in winter which would also be very dangerous.
29 posted on 10/16/2009 9:09:47 PM PDT by dglang
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To: Ramius; ecurbh
I do take issue with the title, a bit. Yes of course it seems miraculous... but to say that “God was with” this one would seem to imply that God wasn’t “with” other children that die in accidents. I’d be careful about going there, seems to me.

Not to mention, that if God was really taking steps here, perhaps he would have kept the baby from rolling under the train in the first place. But what do I know ;~)

30 posted on 10/17/2009 12:49:07 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: naturalman1975

I’ve watched this several times and can’t, for the life of me, figure out how that child survived. A true miracle, if you ask me!


31 posted on 10/17/2009 12:55:01 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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