A 30-year-old woman has been killed after she plunged through a panel of flooring at the top of an escalator in a department store in Hubei, China, on Saturday (July 25).
CCTV footage posted online showed Xiang Liujuan holding onto her son as they rode the escalator in the mall and just as she was about to step off, the panel gave way. As she fell into the gap, she pushed her son forward and he was quickly pulled to safety by a mall employee standing nearby.
Two employees tried to pull the woman out but she disappears into the hole within seconds.
According to local media, it took firefighters four hours to cut escalator open and recover the woman’s body.
It is believed that loose screws on the panel had caused the accident. An official in charge of work safety said mall employees found the panel to be loose just minutes before the accident but failed to stop the escalator for inspection and repair.