A sixth-grade boy fell onto the tracks of the Yamanote Line at JR Harajuku Station shortly before a train arrived at around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. The train continued to approach the boy for 30 meters after the driver activated the emergency brake, police said.
The boy avoided serious injury by taking shelter in an emergency refuge area under the platform. He was rescued by a station attendant and taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries to his face and knees.
According to JR, the boy had been walking with his mother. He moved away from her toward the edge of the platform and started looking at a handheld game console, according to witnesses.
A spokesperson for the Tokyo Fire and Disaster Management Agency said when the boy was taken to hospital, he told paramedics he had been trying to turn the console on and was not looking where he was going.© News reports