Anxious father of boy, 11, who was hit by a train and left fighting for life, begs his son to ‘stay with me, keep fighting’
- Rhyle Abiado was hit by the train on her way to school
- The 11-year-old is currently in intensive care
- His family faces an agonizing wait for the brain scan results
A distraught father has spoken out about his pain as his 11-year-old son fights for his life in hospital after being hit by a train on his way to school.
Marvin Abiado’s son, Rhyle, is in intensive care after being hit by a train at Tambelin Railway Station in Evanston Gardens, Adelaide, at about 8.15am on Tuesday.
“I always hold his hand and tell you to stay with me and just keep fighting and stay strong,” said Mr. Abiado.
Marvin Abiado’s son Rhyle (right) was hit by a train on his way to school on Tuesday
He described the painful moment when his wife called to tell him that Rhyle had been injured.
“My wife called me and told me we had to go to the hospital because Rhyle was hit by a train,” Mr. Abiado told 7NEWS.
The schoolboy is reportedly in a stable condition at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, but the family is still awaiting brain scan test results.
Rhyle was reportedly on the tracks for about 18 minutes before emergency services arrived at the scene.
The Year 7 student suffered critical injuries, including a head laceration.
Rhyle’s family (pictured) waits an agonizing wait for his brain scan results as he recovers in intensive care
Mr Abiado said his son was on his way to school at Trinity College, a private school in Adelaide where tuition costs up to $7,000 a year.
“Rhyle has been very passionate about animals, especially farm animals. That’s why we’re taking him to Trinity College,’ Mr Abiado said.
Mr. Abiado thanked those who rushed to help his son on the scene, including strangers, classmates and teachers at Rhyle’s school.
“May God bless the people who supported my son,” he said.
He said he was still unsure of exactly what happened at the time of the incident, but said the situation could have been avoided and the pedestrian crossing could have been made safer.
An off-duty nurse taking her children to school was one of the first people on the scene to help the 11-year-old.
Rhyle was reportedly on the trail for about 18 minutes before emergency services arrived at the scene
Witnesses at the scene also described train passengers on board panicking the moment the boy was hit.
“The trained stopped and a lot of people just ran up and banged on the door,” witness Sophie Shepley told the TV station.
“They were really panicked, it was really, really scary.”
Another witness described how the boy was crossing the tracks with his friends when the train hit him.
“(They were) waiting until the barriers were almost down and then they ran and this poor kid was last and the train hit him,” witness Steph Grant said.
Nick Hately, Principal of Trinity College, praised the action of passers-by who helped Rhyle.
“The public quickly arrived and jumped in to help and provide first aid,” he said.
‘We hope to be able to identify these people in due course and thank them personally.’
He called for security upgrades to Tambelin Station where the incident took place. “This particular station needs a pedestrian safety barrier,” he said.
“My thoughts are with the youngster and the family as this is going to be a horrible time for them,” he said.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact police.