A 3-year-old fell from a bullet train onto the train lines during a trial run, police said Sunday. The boy, who had been riding the bullet train as part of a trail on the as-yet unopened line between Kyushu and Kagoshima, fell between the train car and the platform while attempting to disembark on Saturday. Despite falling 2.6 meters, he did not sustain any injuries.
The boy and his grandmother were taking part in a regularly scheduled run when they attempted to disembark from the front of the 8th car at Kumamoto Station around 5:40 p.m. The gap through which the boy fell is believed to measure just 16 centimeters. The station staff who witnessed the accident pressed the emergency button. The boy is believed to have made his own way back to the train platform via a construction worker's path.
Kumamoto Station's bullet train platforms are designed to prevent such accidents but a 9-17-centimeter gap still exists. Announcements are made regularly inside the train cars warning passengers to be mindful of the gap. JR Kyushu says it is considering further safety measures.© Compiled from news reports