Quick Response to Call Box Saved Baby on Philadelphia Train Tracks


Gale Walker explains how a baby was saved after a call came in on an ECB (Emergency Call Box).

Transit officials in Philadelphia say an old-fashioned but vital piece of safety equipment helped avert disaster when a stroller carrying a baby fell onto train tracks.

The baby suffered a facial laceration, but have been killed if there had been contact with the electrified third rail. A train was stopped about 19 seconds before its arrival in the area, thanks to the quick thinking action of a bystander who immediately went to the ECB and activated a notification to the control center.

Teneka Greer was with her daughter Akayla, who was in the stroller at the time it fell off the platform at the station on 56th Street on the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line on Wednesday.

Scott Sauer from SEPTA explained that Emergency Call Boxes are located at all subway/elevated stations. The Emergency Call Box button rings into the control center and to the police department in Philadelphia.

The train platform at the station is open to the weather and rain, so the floors are slanted toward the tracks to allow drainage toward the tracks.

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