A Chicago mother was faced with a horrific scare yesterday evening: her child’s stroller get caught in the doors of one of the CTA trains and was dragged 75 feet before the child fell 10 feet to a gravel bed below. Thankfully for all involved, the little girl survived with no serious injuries. But it’s still a nightmarish thought – getting caught in a moving train door. It would be a traumatic experience for all involved. Therefore here in St. Louis we have several layers of safety measures in place to help prevent these kind of incidents with MetroLink doors:
In addition, Metro is about to begin testing station barriers that protect strollers, the visually impaired, children, etc. from falling in between cars. They are installed in the section of the platform between train dockings, and are traversable in case of emergency. Do they seem like they would be useful in protecting the public?
Luckily, no one was injured in this Chicago incident, but it is important for us riders to remember our safety too. It’s best not to run on the platform, best to take it easy boarding the train. Safety precautions work most efficiently when both rider and Agency work together to prevent incidents.
We hope for a quick recovery for little Rachel and her family in Chicago.