Toddler run over by train survives in Russia

July 28th, 2008 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
Krasnoyarsk, July 28 (RIA Novosti) An 18-month-old girl who crawled onto a rail track in Russia’s East Siberian region survived between the rails as a freight train passed over her, the police said Monday. The girl had made her way to the rail line located about 50 metres from the family home near the town of Achinsk in Krasnoyarsk territory, while her mother thought the child was sleeping.

“The freight train driver noticed the child, sounded the horn, and used the emergency brake, but the heavily loaded cars were unable to stop, and the girl ended up under the locomotive,” spokeswoman Irina Belova said.

When the train screeched to a halt, the driver’s assistant found the child under the locomotive, with only a minor scratch on her body. The child was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for shock, but was released the next day.

The spokeswoman said the family home had no fence to prevent the girl from reaching the rail line, and that the parents are likely to be fined.
RIA Novosti

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