An Auckland train driver is being praised for his quick reactions after his train narrowly missed a pram carrying a six-month-old baby.
The stroller fell on the tracks in front of an oncoming train at Te Mahia Station at Manurewa this morning.
An Auckland Transport spokesperson said the quick-thinking driver managed to brake to avoid hitting it.
The spokesperson said a man, thought to be the baby's father, had taken a toddler out of a double stroller, which then rolled onto the tracks with the baby still in it. The man jumped onto the tracks to rescue the child.
The driver was able to stop the train about 20 metres short of the pushchair.
St John Ambulance said a nurse helped the baby, who was taken to Middlemore Hospital.
A hospital spokesperson said the boy's head might have hit the track as the pushchair fell, but he was in a very stable condition.
Rail and Maritime Transport Union spokesperson Chris Leigh said it was a full emergency situation, even though the train driver was able to brake in time.
Mr Leigh said it was every driver's worst nightmare and train drivers were always shaken by incidents like this.
It would be standard procedure for the driver to be relieved of duty and have professional counselling, he said.
There were delays on the southern line during the incident.
Expect some delays to Southern line services due to an emergency services call out at Te Mahia station. ^HC— Auckland Transport (@AklTransport) December 1, 2015