Mum rescues toddler from railway track
A YOUNG mum leapt off a railway platform to rescue her three-year-old daughter who was lying helplessly on the tracks below
A YOUNG mum leapt off a railway platform to rescue her three-year-old daughter who was lying helplessly on the tracks below.Jessica Brown fearlessly jumped between a train and the platform to save little Chantelle who had slipped and fallen while trying to board a carriage.The 22-year-old, from Weston's Oldmixon estate, lifted her daughter, who was covered in bruises and scratches, to safety and then clambered back up on the platform before the train departed from Bristol Temple Meads.Chantelle lost her balance and fell between the tracks as her mum was helping Chantelle's brothers, four-year Alexander and two-year-old Jacob, onto the train. They had been on a family day out in Bristol and were returning home.Luckily a signal guard saw the accident happen and alerted the driver.Mum-of-five Jessica said: "Chantelle had bruising and scratches all down the left side on her leg, chest and head from where she fell on to the tracks."The toddler was seen by the station's first aider and was told she was well enough to continue her journey back to Weston.Jessica added: "It was my worst nightmare to be honest when I was told we could get back on the train. I felt physically sick as I got on at Bristol and when I was getting off at Weston. I never want to get on another train again."Her other children Ben, aged eight, and Rebecca, aged seven, who both attend Windwhistle Primary School in Kingsley Road, were not with her at the time. District councillor Ian Parker, who represents the area where Jessica lives, has written a letter on Jessica's behalf to the Office of Rail Regulation, the independent health and safety regulator for the railway industry.Cllr Parker said: "All she wants is for assistance to be made available to mums who are boarding trains with children. That's not too much to ask.