And You Thought Your Day Was Bad? Mom and Toddler Fall onto Train Tracks, Are SavedMolly Thornberg
If you think you had a bad day, just think about this poor mama. The location is Kendall Station in Boston. There is a crowd of people waiting around for the next train. A mom carrying her 4-year-old son walks straight off the train platform, falling directly onto the tracks. Security cameras catch it all.
Fear not, 2 heroes were close by.
Watch the video:
Meera Thakrar, 37, had confused the train on the adjacent tracks with actually being closer than they were. She thought she was walking right on to the train, not seeing the pit or tracks below. She fell off the platform and landed just inches away from an electrified rail.
Crazy! Thank GOD for the good people who jumped to their rescue. 2 people, a man and a woman assisted Meera and her son from the pit.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spoke to the Boston Herald about the incident:
“I’ve never seen anything like this involving a mother and a child both falling into a pit,” he said, noting the dangers posed to the woman, her child and the Good Samaritans included not just getting struck by an incoming train but also touching the third rail, which has 600 lethal volts running through it.
“The bystanders quick response is worthy of praise, but it’s also important that the public remember that the subway’s third rail is electrified,” Pesaturo said. “It’s always best to immediately notify an MBTA employee so that we can alert nearby train crews and shut off the power to the third rail as soon as possible.
Sorry Joe — I know it’s your job to say that you should notify an MBTA employee, but these people are saints — true heroes. If finding a MBTA employee is anything like finding a transportation employee in Dallas at a train stop, this story would have a bad ending.
This poor mom had a no good, very bad day.
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