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Stroller With Baby Strapped In Rolls Onto SEPTA Train Tracks

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It's video that will make you gasp. A stroller with a baby strapped inside rolls off a SEPTA ramp and onto the train tracks below.

This happened at the 56th Street Station, part of SEPTA's Market-Frankford elevated line, FOX 29's Bruce Gordon reported.

It was around 12:45 p.m. when 28-year-old mother Tamika Greer was with her baby, a 14-month-old little girl, in a stroller.

For a moment, she lets go of the stroller, and it rolls right off the platform onto the train track bed below, about a four-foot drop.

You'll see in the video that the carriage does a summersault, if you will, rolling upside down onto the tracks.

Within seconds, Good Samaritans, including a SEPTA employee, rushed to the mother's aid.

The mother obviously realized immediately what happened. She jumped down to the track below and put the baby up on the platform.

The baby looks like she's in good shape. But the crowd continues to help her out and lift her back up to the platform.

Importantly, one of those Good Samaritans rushes by and uses the orange SEPTA call box on the wall. That gives septa officials the warning that something bad is going on. They rush into action and stop the next eastbound train that is heading in that direction from continuing on its way, potentially causing a real tragedy.

So, how close did this come to being a fatal accident?

"The next train on the track that the baby fell in was at 60th Street. That's where we stopped the train," a SEPTA official said.

"And how many minutes away are we talking?" Gordon asked.

"If the train's moving, it could be less than a minute," the official said.

"From when the baby went on the tracks, a minute?" Gordon followed-up.

"If the train is at 60th Street and leaving at the moment the baby falls on the track, yes, it could be less than minute," the official said.

At dinner hour, the mother was at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her 14-month-old little girl. We are told the baby has suffered only minor injuries -- some cuts and scratches, but nothing serious.

Two big lessons to be learned here...

First, you've got to be alert to your surroundings. Those platforms, in case you're wondering, are slightly slanted. That's for drainage purposes and probably explains how that carriage rolled away from mom and into the track bed.

Second, be alert for those call boxes. That astute and alert passerby who pressed the button, which activates what amounts to a two-way radio system once you press that button. She was able to alert authorities as to what was going on. They were able to stop the train and avert a real tragedy here, Gordon reported.

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