Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This mum was left looking on in horror when the train she was on pulled off with her kids still on board after she briefly got off – in her pyjamas – at a station.
The mother-of-three from St Poelten in Lower Austria was travelling on an overnight train with her three children, 11-year-old-twins and a 12-year-old to Venice in Italy when the train stopped in Pordenone, the main commune of Pordenone province of northeast Italy in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
Mum Brigitta M. said: “My son was feeling sick so we got off for some fresh air and to go to the toilet.”
The mum continued: “Once I had sorted my son and got him back on board, the doors suddenly closed. The train remained for a further five minutes on the platform, but I was not allowed back on. I ran after the train in my pyjamas.
The woman denies that she was outside having a cigarette break. She said: “It was only after the incident and I had been assured the kids were OK, that I lit up a cigarette.”
The mother called police who contacted the train personnel who managed to locate the children and look after them until they could be reunited with their mother.”
She said: “My kids are well cared for, I try not to let them watch too much TV or play with mobile phones. When possible we always travel by train.”
Brigitta M. took the next train to Venice where she was reunited with her children who were being looked after by train station staff.
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