Boy gets his head stuck on escalator
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy spent more than 10 minutes yesterday with his head stuck between an escalator and the ceiling.
At about 2pm at Junction 8 shopping mall, marketing executive Alzel Lim saw a crowd gathering at an escalator leading to the fourth floor.
Ten to 20 people were helping to free the boy, as 30 to 40 people watched.
Ms Lim, who sent a picture of the incident to citizen-journalism site Stomp, said the boy was in tears.
She added: "After he was pulled out, his face was very, very red."
Junction 8 spokesman Zen Lee said in a statement that eyewitnesses saw the boy leaning over the railing before his head got stuck. Mall staff arrived at the scene only after the boy had been freed, said Ms Lim.
Ms Lee said: "When the paramedics arrived, the boy was found to have sustained an abrasion on the right side of his neck."
She added that the boy's mother, who was not with him at the time of the incident, accompanied him to the hospital.