Tube train passes above 'extremely fortunate' family of three after mum and child fell onto track at Baker Street station

A mother and child who fell onto the track at a busy Tube station only avoided serious injury by scrambling into a pit to allow an oncoming train to pass above them, police said - writes standard.co.uk

The father also leapt down to help the pair as the terrifying incident unfolded at Baker Street station at about 10.15pm on Friday.

The woman was walking along the platform, pushing her child in a pram and looking up at the indicator board when she accidentally fell, according to British Transport Police (BTP).

Officers said she did not realise how close she was to the edge of the platform and accidentally pushed the buggy wheels over it.

When she, the child and the pram fell on the track, the father jumped down to help.

Police said that when they saw the oncoming train, all three were “extremely fortunate” as they were able move into a pit under the track. The train then passed over the top of them.

A spokesman for the BTP said: “Amazingly none of them were seriously hurt, but as a precaution they were taken to hospital for check-ups.”

Nigel Holness, director of network operations at Transport for London added: "We are relieved that the family who were involved in the incident at Baker Street last night were able to escape unharmed and we offer them our best wishes.

"Having reviewed footage from our platform cameras and spoken to those involved, we understand this incident was an accident but it does underline the need for all customers to remain behind the yellow line when waiting for trains or walking along the platform.

"I would like to thank the BTP and station staff for their support."

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