A mother in a West Philadelphia subway station rescued her 14-month-old daughter after her stroller rolled away and fell onto the tracks Thursday.
The incident was caught on surveillance video at the 56th Street Station on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) transit line. At 12:46 p.m. Temeka Greer, 28, stood on an elevated platform next to her daughter’s stroller. She appeared to be occupied with something else, when the stroller began rolling away from her. She looked up just in time to see the stroller tip over and fall about six feet onto the tracks. The stroller landed on its top against the non-electrified outer rail.
Greer jumped onto the track and grabbed the baby, handing him to a man standing on the platform. Onlookers run to help her, with one hitting a call button to alert SEPTA police. The approaching train was stopped one station over at 60th Street.
Paramedics responded to the scene. The baby had a laceration to her forehead. From the video is appears that she fell face-first on the tracks. She did not, however, fall out of the stroller when she landed.
The child was taken to the hospital for cuts and bruises, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. He says when good Samaritans alerted SEPTA to the emergency the train traffic was immediately stopped.
“It’s a great story of people helping out someone in distress, the way the other passengers reacted and particularly the one who had the presence of mind to press the call button and help us get train traffic stopped so that nothing more serious happened,” Busch said.