Boy in China dies after being trapped by escalator
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy died yesterday morning in south-west China's Chongqing city after being pinned to the floor by the moving handrail of an escalator at a metro station, local media reported.
The boy had been playing with his three-year-old sister in the concourse area at Hongqihegou Station when the accident happened, Chongqing Morning Daily reported yesterday, quoting the Chongqing Rail Transit, which runs the city's metro system.
Their mother had gone to the toilet, leaving them unwatched, said the newspaper.
According to some witnesses, the boy was pulled to the floor by the moving handrail of the upriding escalator when he leaned back against it.
But one person said the boy was squatting on the floor to examine the handrail when he was yanked into the narrow space.
With his chest and stomach stuck between the handrail and the floor, the boy could not be extricated by his mother, who rushed to his rescue upon hearing his scream.
"The boy just cried for a few seconds and then made no more sound," said one eyewitness.
Station staff who also rushed to the scene stopped the escalator, but it took some time to free him.
There was no heartbeat detected in the boy when he arrived by ambulance at a nearby hospital, a nurse who helped in trying to revive the child told Beijing Express.
The boy was later declared dead by the hospital, which has yet to announce how he was killed in the accident.
According to Chongqing Morning Daily, escalator accidents have been common in Chongqing's metro stations in the past year.
Following one accident, an order was given to cease the operation of an escalator for more than 20 days, said the daily, without saying whether there was any injury.
In late July, a 30-year-old mother was killed after falling into a hole at the top of an escalator in a mall in central China's Hubei province.
The video of the accident went viral worldwide, and prompted stringent checks on escalators in many Chinese cities.