Chinese Mom Saves Son Before Being Crushed By Escalator

A young Chinese mother fell to her death after falling through a faulty escalator panel, just as she was stepping off. As if that wasn’t heartbreaking enough, the young mother was carrying her son at the time but had managed to throw him to safety before being crushed to death.

The incident took place in a department store in China’s Hubei province. Xian Liujian, 30, was seen being warned by store employees that the panel was loose, thus prompting the young mother to pick up her son.

As soon as she steps off the escalator, the panel gives way and Xian is seen throwing her child towards the store employees before disappearing underneath the escalators mechanism.

The security footage shows one employee scooping up the young child and whisking him away to safety, while two others try to pull Xian up to no avail. Her body was recovered four hours later.

It was later revealed that workers who had performed maintenance on the escalator hours earlier had forgotten to screw the panel into place. .

 

 

Also, in the extended video which can be watched below, it shows that the employees who had tried to help Xian, had earlier tripped over the faulty panel themselves. However, even when they had reported it to maintenance, the escalator continued to run.


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