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Shocking footage has emerged showing what can go horribly wrong when parents don't keep a tight grip ofyoung children on train station platforms.
The CCTV footage obtained by 7 News shows a mum making the mistake of holding the hand of one child but not the other as the family boards the train at busy Circular Quay station.
The unassisted child falls through the gap between the platform and the train, as horrified commuters rush to help.
Footage from a separate incident shows a father and his young child too close to the platform's edge at Oatley station in Sydney's south.
When the man realises they're both in danger of being hit by a fast approaching train, he scrambles to safety just in time.
The incidents have prompted Sydney Trains to issue a warning to parents to keep a vigilant eye and a firm grip on young children when at station platforms these school holidays.
'It catches my breath, as a mother of two children I get very nervous when I see other children that are not in the care of someone,' Sydney Trains customer service executive director Susannah Le Bron told 7 News.
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Don't lose concentration at any point, hold your little ones' hands as tight as you can,'transport minister Andrew Constance (pictured) warned parentsNew South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance added: 'Don't lose concentration at any point, hold your little ones' hands as tight as you can.'
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A father and his toddler had to scramble to safety to avoid being hit by a train moments after this footage was taken at Oatley station
Footage from another incident during the April school holidays shows a frantic boy stranded on the platform at Ashfield after the train with the rest of his family on board takes off without him.
A young schoolboy also had a near miss while chasing his ball at Thornleigh station as a train approached the platform.
There were almost 2500 trips and falls on Sydney Trains network in 2017-18.
Out of 783 injuries reported, 61 involved children, according to Sydney Trains.
The most common accident for kids was falling in the gap between the platform and the train with at least one incident every week in 2017-18.
This is despite repeated safety messages broadcasted at stations every day warning commuters to mind the gap between the train and platform.
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This boy is too distracted with chasing his ball at Thornleigh station to realise a train is approaching the platform
The new Metro trains will have glass barriers to prevent falls between the platform.
In the meantime, Sydney Trains reiterated its plea for commuters to mind the gap at all times.
'The moment you cross that yellow line, you're in the danger zone,' Mr Constance said.
This article first appeared on www.msn.com
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