Mother, son fall onto tracks in Red Line station at Kendall/MIT
A woman carrying her young son walked off the train platform at the Kendall/MIT Red Line Station Wednesday, falling face-first onto the tracks and landing on the boy, a surveillance video showed.
Meera Thakrar, 36, of Attleboro and her 4-year-old son plunged to the tracks just before 6 p.m., according to Transit Police and the MBTA.
There were no visible injuries, but Thakrar and her son, Krish, were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation, they said.
The woman told an MBTA Red Line inspector that she saw a train berthed on the northbound platform and believed she could board it from the southbound side, said Joseph Pesaturo, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in an email,
The video shows several people rushing to help Thakrar and her son, and one man lifting the boy from the tracks and placing him back on the platform.
“The bystander’s quick response is worthy of praise, but it’s also important that the public remember that the subway’s third rail is electrified. It’s always best to immediately notify an MBTA employee so that we can alert nearby train crews and shut off the power to the third rail as soon as possible,” Pesaturo said.
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