Quick Response Saved Baby on Phila. Train Tracks
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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. (May 16)

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AP -- AP CLIENTS ONLYPhiladelphia -- May 16, 2013 1. Surveillance video of stroller falling onto tracks (shot off a monitor)2. SOUNDBITE: Gale Walker, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA): "And I said, 'What?' And she said, 'A baby in a stroller in the track area.' So when I got the call, I ran over to the train dispatchers and told them to stop the trains because there's a baby in the track area. And we were able to get, the mother was able to get the baby out, but then the police arrived on the scene, and that's when rescue came."3. Surveillance video of woman pushing call box button, talking to dispatcher (shot off a monitor)4. SOUNDBITE: Gale Walker, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA): "And the baby had a laceration on her face, but still breathing and conscious, and didn't hit the third rail, thank you God. But we were able to save the baby."5. Wide shot, call box at 56th Street station on Market-Frankford El. 6. Close-up, call box7. SOUNDBITE: Scott Sauer (SOUR), SEPTA director of system safety:"We have call boxes on all of our subway elevated stations and all of our trolley underground stations. And the way it works is, a passenger in need of police assistance or emergency assistance can push the call box button, that call box button will ring into our control center, into our police department."8. Wide shot, passenger with stroller at 56th Street station9. Wide, train arriving at 56th Street station10. Wide, train leaving 56th Street station with skyline in backgroundSTORYLINE: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.An alert passenger at the 56th Street station used a call box to notify the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority about the emergency Wednesday.Gale Walker took the call at SEPTA police headquarters and said Thursday she was stunned by the report. She immediately told dispatchers to hold the eastbound Market-Frankford Line.Surveillance video shows the stroller rolling off the platform and falling a few feet to the tracks below. As the baby's mother jumps down to save her, a bystander uses the call box speakerphone.SEPTA officials say call boxes are used infrequently because most people use their cellphones to report emergencies.(****END****)