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Chinese woman manages to save her son but is killed by shopping centre escalator collapse

The accident has been shared widely on Chinese social media.

Warning: This video contains images that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Source: Latest Stories™/YouTube

A CHINESE WOMAN died after being trapped in a shopping centre escalator, but not before pushing her two-year-old son to safety.

Sunday’s horrific accident in the central city of Jingzhou was caught on surveillance camera footage that circulated heavily online in China.

The woman, identified in media reports 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.

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.

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The state-run People’s Daily’s online edition and other media outlets said her body was recovered four hours later, after crews disassembled the escalator.

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 Wuhan Evening News cited an unnamed source as saying.

The woman’s family are reported in Chinese news outlet The Paper as saying that the woman had been told that the escalator was broken when she was already on it.

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Buzzfeed reports that the family have also written on the Weibo social networking site that they wanted the “media to record what happened”.

Although escalator deaths are extremely rare, China’s breakneck economic development and sometimes cavalier attitude toward safety, quality control and maintenance have led to frequent industrial accidents such as fires, building and bridge collapses, and ship sinkings or collisions.

- With reporting from © – AFP 2015 and Rónan Duffy

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