Mind the gap

Family fall onto London tube track, survive as train passes over them

Woman accidentally pushes stroller wheels over the side of the platform; husband jumps down to help her and the baby, and the 3 shelter in a pit

Illustrative: Rush hour passenger walks along an empty platform at Kennington Tube Station in London, Friday, July 8, 2005 (AP Photo/Sergio Dionisio)

LONDON — A mother and her child who fell onto the track on the London Underground narrowly avoided being hit by a train by hiding in a pit beneath the rails, police said Saturday.

The child’s father also took shelter as the train passed overhead, after jumping down to help them on Friday evening at Baker Street Tube station.

“Amazingly none of them were seriously hurt, but as a precaution they were taken to hospital for check-ups,” said a statement from the British Transport Police.

The woman was pushing her child in the stroller along the platform while looking up at the board that indicates when the next train will arrive.

“She didn’t realize how near she was to the edge of the platform and accidentally pushed the buggy wheels over it,” the statement said, using the British term for a stroller.

“She, the buggy and the child fell onto the track. The father jumped down to help them.

“When they saw a train coming, all three were extremely fortunate in being able to move into a pit under the track and the train passed safely over the top of them.”

An estimated 1.37 billion passengers travel on the Tube each year, and in 2017 more than 3,000 injuries were recorded, according to figures from the Transport for London operating body.

Nigel Holness, director of network operations at Transport for London, said he was “relieved” the family was unharmed but emphasized the need for travelers to stand back from the platform edge.

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