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Boy, 4, dies in another China escalator accident

A four-year-old boy in China died after being trapped in an escalator on Thursday, the latest in a number of accidents involving escalators.

He was with his mother and sister at the Hong Qi He Gou Metro Station in Chongqing when the incident occurred.

People's Daily Online reported that very few details of the accident have been released as investigation is going on.

According to the Shanghaiist, the boy was playing on the escalator when he got crushed between the handrail and the ground.

Although staff at the station tried to shut down the escalator immediately, it was too late.

Security personnel, too, tried to rescue him, but failed.

Mail Online reported that his mum had held on to his hand for a minute while he was pinned under the handrail and watched helplessly as he lost consciousness.

She and the boy's sister were seen distraught and crying at the scene.

In the last four months, a number of people have been injured or killed while riding the escalator.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

 

The person (in the video above) had a narrow escape when the metal plate behind her collapsed after she got onto the escalator at a mall in Liaoning.

She quickly got off as staff at the mall shut it down.

In the same month, a three-year-old girl, who was riding the escalator with her grandma in a Chongqing mall, fell.

CCTV footage showed that her arms were caught in the gap at the side.

Firefighters took 40 minutes to free her arms.

AUGUST

PHOTO: YOUTUBE/ NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A 35-year-old employee of a Shanghai shopping mall had his left leg amputated after a part of an escalator that he was cleaning collapsed.

JULY

PHOTO: YOUTUBE/ CCTV NEWS

A mother reached the end of an escalator when a metal plate flipped and gave way.

While she managed to push her young son to safety, she fell through the gap and died.

Apparently, maintenance has just been carried out on the escalator at the department store in Jingzhou, but the workers forgot to fix the access cover back into place properly.

PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Just a day after the woman's death, a one-year-old toddler (pictured above) was trapped in the stairs of an escalator in a Guangxi shopping mall.

But rescuers managed to free the child after half an hour.

2012 (January)

Horrified shoppers looked on as a nine-year-old boy was killed after he got stuck in an escalator at a Beijing department store.

2011 (July)

An escalator in a Beijing underground station suddenly went in the opposite direction during the rush hour killing a 13-year-old boy and injured 20 others.

Source: People's Daily Online, Shanghaiist, Daily Mail


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