Toddler Crushed Under Escalator Handrail In China; Dies Due To Injuries

Photo taken from cctvnewschina

Another escalator in China has claimed a victim, it’s latest was a 4-year-old boy who was crushed to death after falling underneath the escalator’s handrails.

Photo taken from cctvnewschina

Photo taken from cctvnewschina

The young toddler and his three-year-old sister were playing unsupervised in a subway station in China’s Chongqing Municipality, when the young boy leaned against a running escalator handrail. He then “rolled into the narrow space between the escalator and the ground, according to an announcement released by Chongqing Rail Transit.”

Staff at subway station reportedly stopped the escalator 20 seconds after the incident and attempted to rescue the child. Unfortunately, because the child was wedged into such a narrow space, his chest and abdomen were subjected to more pressure than his little body could handle.

The young boy passed away in the hospital due to his injuries. Many have taken to Facebook and to China’s social media site, Weibo, to voice out their outrage regarding the incident. Many of the comments were directed towards the mother.

Photo taken from cctvnewschina

Photo taken from cctvnewschina

Upon finding out that the mother was busy tending to other matters, while her children played freely in the subway station, angry comments poured in one after the other.

One user said, “Not escalator’s fault. Mother is at fault for not minding the kids.” 

Another said, “Very true & makes me very angry that parents allow their children to slip away from them. Numerous times where I work children have gotten away from their parents & I can not believe how long we have that child by our side before the parent finally realizes & comes to get their child.”

Photo taken from cctvnewschina

Photo taken from cctvnewschina

However, there were also several other comments that were sympathetic towards the child’s mother, saying that there should have been safety measures installed since it’s been barely two months since another victim was crushed to death by an escalator.

“While the mother should have been watchful of her children, there should be safety measures in place to prevent something like this. I am sure the mother has more than enough guilt without the internet stringing her up. A simple plastic shield at the bottom could have completely prevented this tragedy. Also, even if the mother WERE right there, he could have fallen and gotten stuck. Things happen very quickly, sometimes right in front of you,” said a Facebook user. 

According to reports, the Chongqing Rail Transport Authority has already launched an investigation regarding the incident and issued the following statement, “Rail Transit Group is deeply regretful and heartbroken over this case. We also would like to remind all passengers to look after their young children and old folks when traveling, be more alert, and avoid similar accidents.”

 

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