Whyteleafe rail station's sloped platforms subject to investigation after baby in pushchair rolls onto train tracks
Rail crash investigators are to examine Whyteleafe station's platforms after a baby in a pushchair rolled onto the tracks, narrowly missing a live conductor rail.
The young child's mother had parked the buggy parallel with the railway line while buying a ticket from a machine on September 17, had not applied the handbrake and did not notice it rolling forwards.
The pushchair then turned 90 degrees and rolled over the edge of the platform, falling onto the rails below.
The mother and other passengers rescued the baby before a train arrived and the child suffered only minor injuries.
The platform was found to slope both parallel to the tracks and towards it.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is has launched an inquiry into the potentially fatal incident and a second similar accident in August at Southend Central, where an elderly woman in a wheelchair fell onto the tracks and broke her hip.
Station designers are recommended to ensure platforms slope away from rail tracks.
RAIB's investigators will examine why Whyteleafe and Southend stations' platforms did not follow this guidance and will look for other examples of the danger elsewhere in the UK's rail network.
It will publish findings and recommendations at the conclusion of its investigation.
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