28 July 2015
One woman was killed when the escalator fell and “swallowed” her in a Chinese department store, although she managed to save her little son whom was holding by the hand, said today’s local press.
The 30-year-old Xiang Lioutzouan rose with her son escalators on Saturday, according to the newspaper Wuhan Evening News.
The video from the security camera, which was uploaded on the Internet, shows that one of the steps falled while the woman reaches the top of the stairs. Once the woman falls pushes her son in front and one store clerk runs and grabs him.
However, the stairs continue to roll and several seconds later the woman disappears as the the mechanism of the ladder “swallows” her while one employee of the shop catched her hand.
Firefighters took more than four hours to dismantle the machine to retrieve the woman who “did not show signs of life,” the report says.
Maintenance had just taken place in the escalators of the store department Anliang in the central Hubei province of Singktsou and maintainers had forgotten to screw back in place the protective cover, the newspaper reported citing an unnamed source.
The unfortunate accident predominates today on Sina Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) with more than 6.6 million hits.
Most commented users express rage against the administration of the shopping center, while others express emotion for the sacrifice of the mother.
In China frequently accidents occur due to inadequate safety measures, often due to corruption.
In 2012, a 9-year-old boy was killed when he was trapped in the escalators of department store in Beijing in front of fearful customers.
In July 2011, a 13-year-old was killed and more than 20 people were injured when the escalators in metro of Beijing suddenly changed direction at rush hour.