The Adelaide mum screamed for her train to stop as she started travelling away from the station, and her three-year-old.
A toddler boy has been left alone on a railway platform after he bolted off a train and the doors shut before his mother could run after him.
Adelaide mum, Kirsty Schutz was separated from her three-year-old son, Ollie, when he ran onto the Noarlunga Centre train platform while she was stuck on the train.
Struggling with a pram the mum couldn’t get out of the train as quick as her excited son.
She went into panic mode and screamed as the doors shut quickly between them.
Kirsty was separated from Ollie in a terrifying incident. Source: News Corp.
"It was still absolutely terrifying"
Kirsty told the Adelaide Advertiser she tried pressing the button to open the door but nothing happened as she watched her petrified son chase after the train.
“My son screamed and his initial reaction was to try and run after the train,” she says.
Luckily Kirsty knew someone who left the train at the same stop who was able to stay with her son until she could get back.
“I am thankful my friend’s sister was with him to pull him back from the train and reassure him, however, as a parent it was still absolutely terrifying to be separated from your child in those circumstances.”
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The short trip back between Seaford Meadows and Noarlunga was the “longest 15 minutes" of her entire life.
Now she is urging for a change to trains to allow drivers to know if someone is desperately trying to open the doors.
“I would hate to think how it could have played out, had he not had anyone with him," she said.
“I feel like there needs to be some kind of notification to the driver that the button is being pressed, and if it alarms then access to a camera to ensure all passengers are off the train."
The Transport Department was approached for comment by the Adelaide Advertiser.