Sunday 25 August 2019

Boy (8) dies after man pushes him and his mother onto railway tracks in Germany

Firefighters and police officers stay next to an ICE highspeed train at the main station in Frankfurt, Germany (Frank Rumpenhorst/AP)
Firefighters and police officers stay next to an ICE highspeed train at the main station in Frankfurt, Germany (Frank Rumpenhorst/AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An eight-year-old boy was run over by a train and killed after a man pushed him and his mother onto the tracks, German police said.

The boy was killed on Monday as a high-speed ICE train was pulling into Frankfurt's main station, one of Germany's busiest.

Police said the mother was able to escape but the boy was hit and run over by the train and suffered fatal injuries, according to police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann said.

The 40-year-old suspect fled the scene with passers-by in pursuit and was arrested near the station, police said.

He was being questioned and there was no immediate information on his possible motive.

Ms Neumann said there appeared to be no connection between the suspect and the victims.

The boy's mother was taken to a hospital and also was being questioned.

There was no immediate information on her injuries.

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