Dad Pounds On Train As It Takes Off With Toddler

What would you do?

I would have a heart attack on the spot. I can just see myself screaming hysterically.

Can you imagine watching a train pull away with your toddler inside alone?

It happened to a Portland man this weekend.

Kevin James was riding a bike and pulling a stroller-trailer with his 2-year-old daughter inside when he decided to ride on a MAX train.

On the platform, he disconnected the trailer so it would fit better on the train. The train arrived and he put his bike, then his daughter on board. James was turning to put the stroller part on the train when the doors started to close.  He tried to stop them with his hands but eventually had to give up.

“There are two buttons, a yellow one to open the doors and a blue one for handicapped, and I was hitting both of them,” James told local station KGW.  Instead the doors continued to close even though people inside the train were waving their hands and hitting the side of the train in an effort to get the conductor to stop.

But the conductor was apparently unaware of what was going and pulled away.  James could only watch in horror as the train left the station with his daughter on board.

He called 9-1-1 and police were able to get the train to stop at the next station. They reunited James with his daughter and his bicycle.  Everyone is okay.

I would eventually call 9-1-1 as well but, before that, I would probably behave in all the least rational ways.  You know, screaming, crying, running alongside the train as if I could keep up.  What about you?


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