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Baby girl dropped onto railway tracks in India survives being run over by a train

  • The one-year-old fell into the gap between the carriage and the platform as her parents were stepping off the train, according to reports
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 November, 2018, 7:04pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 November, 2018, 7:04pm

A baby who was dropped onto railway tracks in India moments before a train passed through the station miraculously survived without a scratch.

The dramatic incident, captured on mobile phone footage on Tuesday, showed a train rolling over the infant in Uttar Pradesh state as screaming bystanders looked on helplessly.

The one-year-old fell into the gap between the carriage and the platform as her parents were stepping off the train, according to reports.

She was wedged flat on her back alongside the track as the train left the platform, picking up speed and thundering overhead – but just missing her.

Once the train had passed a man quickly scooped up the tiny child who, apart from crying, was astonishingly left unscathed by the terrifying incident.

Indian media reported that the girl’s parents lost grip of their child as a crowd surged from the train onto the platform in Mathura city.

Indian railway officials said the lucky escape was a reminder to be cautious at all times on crowded trains.

“We are actively running campaigns to sensitise people against travelling on rooftops or standing on foot boards of the train doors,” said G K Bansal, a railways spokesman.

India’s huge railway network is notorious for overcrowding and accidents, including scores who die while crossing the tracks illegally or falling off overcapacity trains.

A 2012 government report described the loss of 15,000 passengers to rail accidents every year in India as a “massacre”.

The government has pledged $137 billion over five years to modernise the crumbling network.