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Western Australia's Department of Communities is set to investigate after a three-year-old child was almost hit by a train in the Goldfields town of Norseman yesterday afternoon.
Police confirmed the train driver saw the boy playing by himself near the tracks and applied the emergency brakes.
The toddler was not injured.
Police returned the boy to his parents but have referred the incident to the child protection authorities for further investigation.
Arc Infrastructure confirmed the incident occurred yesterday afternoon at the Eyre Highway level crossing in Norseman.
In a statement, rail operator Aurizon said it had offered support to the crew involved.
"Aurizon confirms that two of our traincrew were able to assist with the safe recovery of a young boy near Norseman yesterday afternoon and were relieved that the boy was returned home unharmed," the company said.
A train passing by Norseman, where a young child was nearly hit yesterday.(ABC Goldfields-Esperance: Jarrod Lucas)The Department of Communities said it was aware of the incident but would not comment further.
Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk confirmed the incident is being investigated.
"An incident of this nature involving a young child is, of course, concerning," Ms McGurk said in a statement.
"Following the notification from WA Police, the Department of Communities has advised that it is assessing the matter and the concerns for the safety and wellbeing of the child."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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