Pictures have surfaced on the web showing yet another tragic victim in China’s never-ending escalator accident epidemic.
According to NetEase, the images come from a metro station in Chongqing where a child was killed in an escalator accident at around 11:00 a.m. earlier today. The child’s mother and another kid can be seen crying near the child’s body.
So far, few details of the accident have been released. Station personnel reportedly responded immediately to the incident. Escalator service was suspended as workers tried to save the body.
Just last month Chongqing was the scene of the latest escalator incident when a three-year-old girl got her arm stuck in a supermarket escalator.
While that child was able to escape with her life, not all victims have been so lucky. In the horrific July 26 case, the victim had been traveling up the escalator when a metal plate gave in beneath her. She managed to push her young son to safety before getting sucked into the machinery.
Just two days later, a toddler was injured when his arm got trapped inside an escalator at a mall in Guangxi, and on August 1, a 35-year-old cleaner got stuck in an escalator at a Shanghai mall, resulting in his leg being amputated.
Less severe accidents involving escalators across the country have kept mall-goers on high alert and, as tragedies sometimes do, inspired a meme.
In the wake of the news reports, the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau carried out an inspection and ordered the “indefinite suspension” of 33 machines in the city alone.
At least two of the escalators involved in recent accidents were manufactured by the firm Shanghai Mitsubishi. It’s unclear which company produced the escalator in this most recent case.
Please, ride carefully!