AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy has been killed after being pushed onto the tracks along with his mum at a packed railway station.
The boy and mum were standing on a platform at Frankfurt’s Central Station when they were shoved in front of a train, say police.
Horrified passengers, including many children, looked on, with one witness saying: “People collapsed howling.”
The high-speed train from Dusseldorf to Munich hit the boy as it pulled into the station at about 10am local time today.
A police spokesperson said: “While the mother was able to save herself on a footpath between track 7 and 8, her child was hit by the train and died at the scene.”
German cops are treating the incident as a suspected homicide.
A 40-year-old man, originally from Eritrea in Africa, has been arrested.
Police said there appears to be no connection between the victims and the suspect, who fled the scene and was arrested after being chased by commuters.
There are reports he tried to push a third person in front of the train.
Police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann said: “According to witness reports, a 40-year-old man pushed the boy and his mother onto the track just as the ICE (train) was arriving.
“The mother, thank God, was able to save herself.
“Unfortunately, the eight-year-old boy was run over by the ICE. He suffered fatal injuries.
“The man concerned … fled the station after the crime.
“Passers-by took up the chase and the man was detained near the station.”
Ms Neumann said the suspect was being questioned.
Another witness said the station was “full of children” at the time, and the train conductor was screaming.
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