A terrifying scene unfolded at one shopping mall in China when an escalator panel collapsed in front of a young mother and her two-year-old son.
Xiang Liujuan was traveling up an escalator at a department store when a floor-plate gave out, causing her to fall through the floor. Seconds before, the 30-year-old successfully pushed her toddler to safety as staff members rushed to get him out of the way.
(Photo Credit: CCTV)
The video ends with half of the woman's body dangling into the shaft. It does not show her fatal fall.
The accident reportedly occurred after maintenance crews forgot to screw a panel back into place while working on the machine. It allegedly took rescue workers four hours to remove Liujuan's body from the shaft where she was pronounced dead.
China's version of Twitter, Weibo, blew up over the incident, with most users expressing anger towards the mall.
"Why didn't the staffers stop customers at the entrance to the machine or just turn it off?" one person wrote, while another said, "I was appalled when I saw her sink and at the same time felt the greatness of maternal love — the mother wasted no time pushing the child out when it happened."
Watch the footage here.
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