Video of Baby Surviving After Falling Under Train in Melbourne, Australia

Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

If this were in a movie, you’d never believe it and trash the script. But you know, life is far stranger than fiction, and this is just one of many proof of that.

It’s an absolute miracle what happened here. A Mother on a windy train platform in Melbourne, Australia, turns away for a split second and the carriage (pram) with her six month baby rolls off into the tracks, landing smack in the middle of the track. Almost as if timed, a train comes into the station just as she tries to go for her baby, almost clipping the Mother’s head as security footage show above.

Yet, somehow, the baby survived with just just a cut to the forehead. My guess would be it was due to a vertical gap between the track and the train, in the middle of the track, but only there. On January 3 2007, Cameron Hollopeter fell into the subway tracks in Washington DC was covered by Wesley Autrey, a 50 year old construction worker, who had jumped in to save him (NY Times). Lying on top of the victim who fell in, with his back about a foot above the ground, Wesley only had his blue cap smudged with grease, if that gives an indication of the size of the space I’m talking about. If the baby who fell in today had landed much to the left or right of the track where he did land, this would have been a video with a real gruesome ending.

The pram, obviously much bigger in size than the baby, wasn’t nearly as lucky. Its pieces were scattered all over the tracks the length the train took to stop.

Mother and child were both taken to hospital and released soon after being admitted, according to CNN’s video. One question I have about all this, though. They just started an awareness campaign about the dangers of prams on the platform. Who would design such a surface to have either zero grade, or even a grade into the tracks so that anything not constrained could fall into it? It was windy, sure, but windy enough to move that pram with a baby in it so quickly into the tracks? Surely the platform grade could have offered a little more resistance with a gentle grade upward?

Amazing story, real drama… and glad to see it’s one with a good ending.

Now, let’s go and witch hunt Balloon Dad in Colorado for that hoax!

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Aren’t You Glad Joe Biden is Vice-president and not Secretary of State Given his Gaffes?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-president Joe Biden

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-president Joe Biden

It was just a matter of time before “shoot from the lip” US Vice-president Joe Biden would commit his first public gaffe. It just took V-prez 101 days into the term to do so, longer than most Vegas bookies would probably have given him credit for.

This gaffe isn’t all that bad, though. When asked on NBC’s Today show for advice he’d give to family members considering flying to Mexico in light of the swine flu situation, the Vice-president said

“I would tell members of my family – and I have – I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico. It’s you’re in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft.”
(Yahoo! News)

The Vice-president also added he wouldn’t suggest that his family members ride the subway either. Basically, Joe was implying no air or subway travel, although I’m not sure how many interpreted that as such.

Just an hour an a half later, the Washington government spin machines were in full motion trying to “reinterpret” that statement, saying things like

“The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the administration is giving to all Americans: that they should avoid unnecessary air travel to and from Mexico. If they are sick, they should avoid airplanes and other confined public spaces, such as subways.”

Well, whatever. I’m surprise people were making a big fuss of such a thing in the first place, but they did. The Centre for Disease Control had to issue statement it did not recommend avoiding air travel. The airline industry was not amused, and so on. However, let me ask you this regarding Joe Biden and his gaffes that’s going to present throughout this presidency. Given how sensitive things are politically around the world at what American leaders say, reinforcing the well-known ignorance Americans have so plenty of, aren’t you glad Joe Biden is Vice-president instead of Secretary of State that deals with other nations around the world?

The story of that decision offer came from another well-known loose lips Biden gaffe, though not Joe’s but rather his wife Jill, on the Oprah Winfrey show on January 19 2009. Reference 1:40 into the video below.

Supposedly, President Barack Obama went to Joe Biden with the offer of being Secretary of State or Vice-president. But because Jill speculated Joe wouldn’t be home much as Secretary of State, a diplomat to the world, he and Jill decided he should take the Vice-presidential role. Hillary Rodham Clinton, of course, the very diplomatic and politically articulate Hillary Clinton, became Secretary of State.

But can you imagine if Biden took the Secretary of State post? I mean, sure, he’s got international experience, but not in the spotlight like Secretary of State! If he can’t get his English straight, can you imagine what he might do with foreign names and titles? He could well mistaken the Pakistani capital of Islamabad as Islamisbad in an interview one day, or call Jilalabad in Afghanistan as Jilajihad. He might refer to Muslims as Islams, confused Barack Osama with Obama bin Laden. He might let on a few secrets in negotiations, break a few cultural customs, etc. There are so many things he could goof and you know there’d be major consequences. At least in America, they just chill and let him be and move on. Do some of those things I said he might, or probably worse, and we’ve got some other serious image problems, or worse, that will plague the United States.

Personally, I’m so glad Joe had Jill’s insight to help him choose the Vice-presidency, cause I wouldn’t trust Joe Biden to any job containing the word “secret” in its title.

And amen to world traveler Hillary as choice of Secretary of State!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 10.2

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