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Infant escapes serious injury when run over by train

March 23, 1997

TOKYO (AP) _ An 18-month-old boy crouched in middle of railroad tracks as a train passed over Sunday and escaped with a minor cut on his forehead, police said.

The engineer spotted the child from 90 yards away and applied the brakes, but the two-car diesel train passed over the boy before coming to a stop, said a police official in Nagasaki, 600 miles southwest of Tokyo.

The engineer found the boy crawling out from under the train, said the official, Toshiyuki Hamasaki.

The baby was staying with his grandparents, who live nearby, and strayed too close to the railroad, Hamasaki said.

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