Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Toddler survives being run over by train

TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese toddler who strayed onto rail tracks got away with scratches Monday after a train ground to a halt on top of her, police and rescuers said.

The driver spotted the girl standing on the tracks in Suzaka City, northwest of Tokyo, and applied its emergency brakes, local police said.

The train stopped with the girl beneath, they said.

She was alive and trapped in the 50-centimetre (20-inch) gap between the train and the tracks, rescuers said.

"It could have been a tragedy. It's a miracle that she survived this way," a rescue worker told the TV Asahi network.


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