*A husband is devastated and a child is traumatized following an escalator accident in China; where a wife and mother was killed as she stepped off the escalator with her small son. The horrific incident happened at a department store in Jingzhou City in central China and was caught on tape by CCTV.
We see in the video where a floor panel gives way under the woman, just as she is about to clear the escalator with her child. There are two women standing at the top of the escalator who appear to be warning her of something; but just as she steps to the floor, a panel of it opens and she pushes her child away and falls into the floor.
The woman, who was visible from the chest up, then disappears below the floor and out of the view of the camera.
The woman was identified as 30-year-old Xiang Liujuan, and according to Chinese state-run media outlet Xinhua, she succumbed to her injuries and died at Jingzhou Shashi Anliang department store on Sunday; leaving her young son safe, but motherless.
Local reports say emergency responders worked for nearly four hours to retrieve her body from the inner chambers of the escalator.
In the video the woman’s husband tells how the child had wanted to go to the mall to ride on the escalators. He said it was supposed to be “a relaxing day” out.
Media reports have also claimed the store had been made aware of the defect earlier, when one of the two women standing at the top of the escalator, appearing to warn the woman, tripped over a loose floor panel.
But nothing was done and now this.
Social media users in China have put the department store on blast and demand answers.
An investigation is now taking place.
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