Baby falls 25 ft via subway grids at Rudd Playground in Bushwick, Brooklyn
BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (WABC) – An investigation is ongoing after a child who plays hide and seek fell through a subway grille in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident was reported shortly after 5 p.m. in the Rudd Playground on Bushwick Avenue and Aberdeen Street.
Police say an 11-year-old boy walked into the fenced area and walked over the bars – but he didn’t know there was a gate missing.
He fell 25 feet and landed next to the L-train tracks.
“He didn’t know there was an open hole so he just fell while running,” said eyewitness Shania Crayton.
Witnesses said the boy’s pregnant mother tried to jump down, but instead half a dozen men playing basketball nearby with the boy’s father took action.
They worked together and even used a dog leash to get him to safety.
He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, but his exact injuries were not yet known.
The NYC Parks Department released a statement stating, “The health and safety of this child is in our hearts and minds. We are delighted to hear that the good Samaritans have safely removed him from the subway grille made by the rudd -Playground leads. “
They said the playground had recently been renovated and the subway grate was completely fenced off.
It’s unclear how the child got in and fell through, but officials suspect the fence was destroyed and peeled off.
The MTA nailed up the hole and released the following statement:
“Our thoughts are with the child and their family. We have sent a team to investigate what happened and to make sure the location is safe. The safety of New Yorkers is always a top priority.”
Parents say that fencing alone is not enough.
“For a train going under it like it’s protecting all of these kids here, it’s just not enough,” said a witness named Parker.
The parents told Eyewitness News they called 311 to report the missing grid because they feared something like this would happen.
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
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