A child has been killed after falling into the space between a downtown C-Train and a platform, police say.

The boy, believed to be under five years of age, and a male family member, possibly his father or grandfather, according to police, were running to try to make the train which was pulling away from the station in lunch hour traffic.

"The child was sucked into the traffic between the car and platform" said Acting Inspector Terry Larson.

Police were called to the scene shortly after noon Tuesday, and the C-Train line into the downtown has been closed.

Police say that when EMS arrived the boy was dead, and witnesses had tried to perform first aid.

Distraught witnesses say it appears the child was wedged between one of the cars and the platform. Some cried as they told police what they saw.

Calgary police Insp. Keith Pollock said there is a language barrier with the child's family and police were seeking an interpreter to help understand what happened.

C-Train service will likely resume within the hour, said brian Whitelaw, a Calgary Transit spokesperson.

-with files from Canadian Press.

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