Woman recounts horror of falling onto train tracks at Kendall Square T stop
It was a beautiful day in Boston for an Attleboro woman and her young son to enjoy activities around the city. But their outing took a horrifying turn Wednesday when they accidentally took a fall onto the Kendall Square train tracks.
Meera Thakrar, 36, arrived in the city just after noon and had many things planned for her 4-year-old son, Krish, to enjoy. “He loves the water,” she said today as she described her ordeal.
They headed to Cambridge to catch a Duck Tour at the Museum of Science and decided they would go to Faneuil Hall afterward for a bite, so they headed over to Kendall station to pick up the Red Line.
With her dinner and travel plans in mind and her son in her arms, she briskly walked toward the platform as an outbound train approached on the opposite side. Mistakenly believing that it was her train, she kept walking and plunged off the platform and on the tracks.
“He was in my control the entire time, [but] once I touched the ground he slipped from my arms,” Thakrar said.
At least two people jumped in to assist Thakrar and her son -- she believes one of them is named “Chris” -- and would like to thank them personally.
“God was with us, and God sent those two people to help us,” Thakrar said, especially thankful that they did not hit the third rail.
Thakrar and her son were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, but were discharged within a few hours. She sustained some bruises, mostly on her knees, from hitting the tracks, and her son may have bumped his head.
“He’s still too young to express pain,” she said, adding that his back was a little stiff but that he was playing and jumping around like normal again. She is planning on bringing him back to the hospital for an MRI.
Thakrar’s husband met her and Krish at the hospital that evening and drove them home.
“He was freaking out over the video” of their fall taken by T surveillance cameras, Thakrar said. “He couldn’t believe how deep the fall was. I kept telling him everything was fine.”
Thakrar still hopes to return to the city with her son to go on the swan boats and to visit the jumping water fountain near Faneuil Hall, but plans on taking her car. “I will not be traveling anymore in trains or subways,” she said.Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at email@example.com.
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