Mother sues Israel Railways after baby knocked onto tracks
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Mother sues Israel Railways after baby knocked onto tracks

Ortal Yaakov was struggling to get her stroller into the train car when the door closed, separating her from one-year-old infant

Ortal Yaakov struggles to get her baby carriage onto the train at Hadera station. (Screen capture: Channel 10)
Ortal Yaakov struggles to get her baby carriage onto the train at Hadera station. (Screen capture: Channel 10)

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Israel Railways after a driver closed the doors on her as she wheeled her baby stroller onto the train, separating her from her one-year-old daughter, who was subsequently knocked onto the tracks.

Ortal Yaakov and her daughter Shir were at Hadera station almost three years ago, during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, waiting to board a train to Tel Aviv, according to a Channel 10 report on Friday.

As the train pulled into the station and all the passengers boarded, Yaakov struggled to get the stroller, with her daughter inside it, on the train.

Video footage shows her first trying to push the baby carriage in, then turning around and trying to pull it up behind her.

As she struggled with the stroller, the doors closed on her, leaving her inside the train and her daughter on the edge of the platform.

As the train pulled out, the last car struck the baby stroller, pushing it off the platform and onto the tracks behind the train.

According to the lawsuit, the baby sustained injuries to her head, face and collarbone.

“This is definitely a trauma that will be with me all my life,” Yaakov told Channel 10.

תיעוד: דלתות הרכבת נסגרו, העגלה עם התינוקת נפלה אל הפסים

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“I tried to put the carriage on but couldn’t manage, and there was nobody to help me,” she said. “I was shocked when they closed the doors on me, because I couldn’t understand how they didn’t see me struggling with the stroller.”

Israel Railways had refused to release the footage of the incident until Channel 10 petitioned the company.

“The video shows an incident where a baby stroller was left outside the train when it started to move. Fortunately there were no casualties,” a spokesman for Israel Railways told Channel 10. “More attention must always be given to the safety of children, especially during vacations, including while traveling by train.”

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