A young girl has been reunited with her family after she was found wandering alone on the subway tracks in Scarborough overnight.
Toronto police say the four-year-old girl was discovered by a TTC worker at Warden Station around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.
TTC spokesperson Stuart Green tells CityNews an out of service train was heading westbound from the station when the operator spotted the child walking along wooden boards over the power rail “with 600 volts running through it.”
“Very serious if it’s touched,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green tells CityNews, regarding the rail. “They were able to stop the train, get the power cut by transit control, get the child safely on to the train and then back into Warden station.”
A 4 y/o girl lucky to be alive after wandering down onto subway tracks overnight at Warden TTC station. Worker spotted her around 1:30am/scooped her up. Looks like she woke up & left home to go for walk.Two weeks ago another 4 y/o girl was struck/killed by GO train in Mississauga pic.twitter.com/MYjfuTxJcg
— carl hanstke (@carlCityNews) August 11, 2022
Police believe the girl walked into the station alone and then made her way down onto the subway tracks.
Paramedics were called in to check on the child after she was located and determined she was unharmed.
“This could have been a very horrible situation,” police tell CityNews, adding the child was located shortly before a subway train came travelling by.
Officers found the child’s parents and she has been reunited with her family.
Police suspect the girl woke up in the middle of the night, managed to get out of her home, and then wandered off. An investigation into how she ended up near the tracks is underway.
The TTC say they have reviewed security footage and still cannot determine how the child managed to get on the tracks.
“We’ve checked fencing in the area and it appears secure,” says TTC media relations. “We are going to a more intensive inspection. This is a concerning, but thankfully, very rare, occurrence.”