Watch: Woman dies in an escalator after trying to save her son's life

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Watch the horrifying video of a of a mother saving her young son's life seconds before losing her own on an escalator.

Jingzhou, Hubei Province, China - A 2-year old boy was saved by his mom after she was swallowed by a defective escalator in a shopping mall.

Xiang Liujuan, 30, was holding her son in front of her as they went up the stairway on Saturday, the Wuhan Evening News said.

CCTV footage of the incident posted online showed a panel in the floor giving way as Xiang stepped off the escalator. As she fell half-way through she pushed her son forward, and a nearby shop assistant dragged him to safety. But the escalator continued rolling, and several seconds later...

Xiang is seen disappearing downwards into the mechanism, despite one of the staff briefly grabbing her hand. The escalator stopped moving after she disappeared.


The accident was one of the top topics on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Monday with more than 6.6 million views.

Chinese state media reports that maintenance workers forgot to screw in the metal floor panel at the top of the escalator, which was located between the mall's sixth and seventh floors.

It was also reported that the tragedy could have been averted if one of the employees had pushed the escalator's emergency stop button.

Ma Peizhong, director of the Chinese National Elevator Inspection and Testing Center, told China Central Television on Monday night that staff members at the mall “probably did not receive training” on how to manage escalators, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

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