A TRAIN driver appears unaware a child (4) fell between the platform and carriages at Victoria Street Station on Tuesday – before being rescued by an off-duty policeman.
The incident happened in Mosman Park at 4.40pm.
A Public Transport Authority spokeswoman said the train moved off without delay because no one had told the driver of the potentially deadly emergency.
“The policeman did the right thing by helping, but what we always say is the first thing people should do is alert the train driver,” the spokeswoman said.
The train had just pulled in to the station during its afternoon commute to Fremantle.
The spokeswoman said it appeared the child suddenly broke away from the hold of an unknown woman on the platform, before falling in a gap to the side of the carriage’s doors.
Senior Sergeant Neil Morton-Smith said the police officer was alerted to the fall by the woman “frantically” banging on carriage windows.
“So he got straight out and got the child out before the train has started moving,” Snr Sgt Morton-Smith said.
The child suffered minor injuries, and the PTA is reviewing CCTV footage as part of its investigation.