Woman dies in China escalator accident

China,July 28: A Chinese woman died after being trapped in a shopping mall escalator, but not before pushing her two-year-old son to safety in central city of Jingzhou on Sunday.

The horrific accident was caught on surveillance camera footage that circulated heavily on the Internet in China.The footage shows that Xiang managed to push her son into the arms of shop attendants near the top of the escalator.The attendants tried to pull her to safety, but Xiang fell into the mechanism and was killed.

The woman identified as 30-year-old Xiang Liujuan is shown reaching the top of the escalator when the section of landing platform she had stepped onto suddenly collapses, trapping her inside the still-moving machinery.

Maintenance had just been carried out on the escalator at the Anliang department store in Jingzhou in the central province of Hubei, and workers forgot to screw the access cover back into place, the newspaper cited an unnamed source said.

The incident has sparked fury on Chinese social media, with many demanding answers from the shopping centre's management. As of last night, microblog posts on the subject had attracted more than 20m views. Most comments expressed fury at the shop management.

In 2012, a nine-year-old boy was killed after he got stuck in an escalator at a Beijing department store as horrified shoppers looked on. In July 2011, a 13-year-old boy was killed and more than 20 others injured when an escalator in a Beijing underground station suddenly reversed direction.

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