Sports: Mom grateful for TTC rescue after autistic daughter found on train tracks

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The mother of a five-year-old girl is thankful to everybody who saved her daughter’s life after she was found wandering on the TTC tracks near Warden subway station.

A TTC train is seen on the tracks from the bridge east of Warden Station on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. © Provided by Toronto Sun A TTC train is seen on the tracks from the bridge east of Warden Station on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

The mother said her daughter she named as Skye, one of seven children, is an escape artist of sorts and knows how to unlock all of the seven safety/childproof locks they have on their doors at their townhouse.

She said her three-year-old daughter was up at the time and opened the safety lock on a a handle and then the five-year-old scooted out the door.

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“She cracked it open and I guess my daughter, who has autism — Skye — she saw that the handle was off,” said the mom. “She took the approach to move a dining chair to the back door.”

“And then she climbed up and pulled the two sliding locks.”

That’s when the little girl made her escape outside and the potentially perilous adventure began on the TTC tracks.

Sometime around 1:30 a.m. her daughter slipped out of their townhouse and off into the early morning and ended up on the TTC train tracks that lead towards Warden subway station.

She said her daughter was gone before about 20 minutes before they realized she was missing.

TTC officials were seen walking on the tracks by noon, going west along well-trodden footpaths, in heavy growth and brush, checking the fencing on the south side of the tracks for any gaps.

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The workers believe the little girl was walking along the “600” — which is the heavily electrified third rail that has a wooden cover atop it for protection for maintenance workers.

Luckily, a westbound operator of the train departing the Warden station spotted the little girl, halted his train, got out and brought her to safety.

It is said the operator reversed back into the station, called police, and quickly found and reunited the girl with her frantic mom.

“By the time me and the police got to the station she was just coming off the train,” said the mom. “Happily to see me not realizing what she did.”

Stuart Green, TTC media relations spokesperson, praised the sharp-eyed train conductor for spotting the little girl.

“The train was coming westbound out of Warden station — it was not in service,” said Green. “It was going back to the Greenwood Yard for the night. The operator, who must have been eagle-eyed, spotted this child walking along the boards that cover the 600-volt power rail, was able to stop the train, get the child onto the train, and then back the train up into Warden station so they could offload her and hand her over to police so she could be reunited with her family. Really quite heads-up work by our operator and this could have ended up tragically in a couple of ways and we’re really thankful that it didn’t.”

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Green said they’re still investigating how the child even ended up on the tracks.

“We pulled the video from the station. There’s no sign of the child entering the station,” said Green.

“She was located at 1:40 a.m. She was found on the tracks. Paramedics did attend. There were no injuries and she was reunited with her mother,” said Toronto Police Const. Laura Brabant.

Brabant added “there will be no criminal charges.”

Two weeks ago, Mitchell Chukwudumebi Nwabuoku was killed after wandering onto the GO Train tracks in Mississauga after she, her older siblings and cousins got through a hole in a fence after chasing a butterfly, according to her family.

-with files from Jane Stevenson

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