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Thursday
Aug232012

Boston Woman Carrying Young Son Tumbles Onto Subway Tracks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A Boston mother holding her 4-year-old son in her arms walked right off a subway platform during rush hour and fell face-first onto the tracks.

Two Good Samaritans quickly jumped to the tracks to save her and her son before a train came through the station.

Surveillance video posted onto YouTube captured the woman as she stepped off the platform and took a shocking tumble with her small son onto the tracks Wednesday just before 6 p.m. at Cambridge's Kendall Square Station outside Boston.

The unidentified mother from Attleboro, Mass., told an MBTA Red Line Inspector that she mistook the northbound train, which had just arrived on the platform across the tracks, for the southbound train that she was waiting for, according to the statement.

Two commuters, who were waiting for the southbound train, jumped down onto the track, scooped up the child and helped the woman back onto the platform to reach safety.

The woman and the boy did not suffer any visible injuries, but were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital to be examined, according to a statement from MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. An ambulance was not dispatched to scene, according to the Cambridge Fire Department.

Fortunately the incoming train did not arrive immediately after the fall, and the woman -- and her rescuers -- managed to avoid the third rail, which could have electrocuted them.

"The bystanders' quick response is worthy of praise, but it's also important that the public remember that the subway's third rail is electrified," Pesaturo said in the statement. "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."

The man and woman who came to the woman's aid left the scene when the trained arrived without identifying themselves, Pesaturo told the Boston Herald, which first reported on the incident.

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Wednesday
Aug152012

Dog Survives Being Tied to Train Tracks, Two Die

Design Pics/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- PETA has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who tied three dogs to Cleveland train tracks.

Animal control officials were called to the tracks, which run through an industrial neighborhood in Cleveland, Friday evening after a railroad employee said he saw a man tying a dog to the tracks and taking photos or video as a train passed by, police said. The bodies of the other two dogs were found nearby.

"It's got everyone upset over here that someone would do that. It's awful that someone did that to torture animals, and might be filming it," Lt. Mark Ketterer, who is leading the investigation for the Cleveland Police Department, told the Plain Dealer newspaper. The surviving dog, which is believed to be a mixed-breed Manchester terrier and is much smaller than the others, managed to avoid the train by crouching, said Leslie DeSouza, kennel manager at the Cuyahoga Animal Shelter, which is caring for the dog.

"She is doing amazing. She is healthy and happy. There is not a scratch on her anymore," DeSouza said. "When she came to us, she was very traumatized and cautious. She's still skittish but an absolute sweetheart."

The dog had no chip or identifying information on her pink collar, DeSouza said. She is expected to be placed for adoption this weekend, after a mandatory waiting period to see whether an owner comes forward.

"We have had a lot of calls and we are going to go through each one," DeSouza said. "We're going to make sure she finds a nice home."

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