A mother has lost her son, and commuters – including many children – have been left deeply traumatised, after an 8-year-old boy was killed in a shocking crime at a busy city train station.
WATCH: 8-year-old boy dies after he's pushed onto railway tracks by stranger
The boy and his mother were reportedly both pushed into the path of an oncoming high-speed train by a 40-year-old man, who is now in custody and not believed to be known to the family.
The woman survived by rolling into a narrow gap under the train, while the little boy was killed in the horrifying incident in Frankfurt, Germany.
The man’s motive remains unknown. Details of the mother’s injuries have not been released.
A witness in an incoming train told German publication Hennenscha that commuters ‘collapsed’ from witnessing the horrific incident.
‘The people broke down howling,’ the witness revealed.
The station was reported to be full of children at the time of the fatality.
While the motivation for the crime remains a matter of speculation, it is the second such crime in Germany in just two weeks, after a 34-year-old woman was shoved in front of a train in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Another man is in custody over that crime.
Shocking footage: Parents are urged to keep a close eye on their children at train stations