Oh my goodness, it’s happened again.
Mumii recently reported about the pushchair which was blown on to the tracks on the underground in London. A heart-stopping moment for the family involved without a doubt.
Terrifying CCTV images have just been released following a similar incident in September 2013. This time it was at Whyteleafe station near Caterham, Surrey. A woman was buying a ticket at the ticket booth when her pushchair rolled off the sloped platform and on to the tracks.
A spokes-person from Southern Railway said : “This was a distressing incident. Southern fully co-operated with the RAIB on the investigation and has implemented recommendations made in the report to try and prevent this happening again, including warning posters, advice in our accessibility guide and working with Network Rail to take into account platform slopes when any resurfacing or upgrade work is undertaken. We would also remind all users of pushchairs or wheelchairs to apply the brakes when stationary on a platform.”
It may seem like common sense to apply the brakes BUT we are all human. Oversights happen and we are in no doubt that this mother will be applying the brakes in future. Somehow this baby escaped with only minor injuries as the mother was quick on the heels of her pushchair and jumped on to the tracks to recover the baby and pushchair. The ending could have been so different.
Our message to parents everywhere is not to be complacent. Use the brakes on your pushchair. They are designed to keep your pushchair stationary when it needs to be. If in doubt, apply the brake.