Man rescues toddler from under train

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 September 2013

Views of Weston Railway Station.

Views of Weston Railway Station.

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A QUICK-THINKING man rescued a toddler 'who disappeared under a train' at Weston Railway Station.

Nick Harding, aged 49, of Woodland Road, rescued the infant who had toppled off the platform, and is now hoping to trace the mother to check on their wellbeing.

The incident occurred when the train from Bristol Temple Meads arrived at Weston station at about 6pm on Saturday.

Mr Harding said: “It happened as everybody got off the train, I was one of the last getting off.

“This little toddler was on the platform, I don’t know if she was pushed by accident or was just wobbly, but she fell and disappeared under the train.

“Everybody froze and I thought ‘It’s got to be me’. I shouted something like ‘Don’t move the train’ and I dropped underneath it.

“I wasn’t sure what I would find, but thankfully she was okay, although she was crying, stunned and not sure where she was. I got her out and then I scrabbled back out on to the platform. The adrenaline was rushing.

“I had visions of the train moving and us being underneath it. I just hope the little one is okay.”

Mr Harding saw the mother talking to the guards and left them without taking her name or contact details. He now hopes she will come forward so he can find out if they are both well.

Managers at the station said they are going through a routine internal review after the incident, which involves looking at CCTV footage and getting a better understanding of what happened.

A spokesman for First Great Western, which manages the station, said: “We are very pleased this incident ended as it has done with everybody safe and well.

“But we urge caution. While we keep railway stations as safe as we can, it is very important customers stay vigilant.

“The mother at the time didn’t feel she needed any other services. She was shocked, but we were pleased to be able to offer her the support she needed.”

Anyone with any information about the incident can contact the Mercury on 01934 422500 or email newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk

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