After laying low for a while, Chinese escalators are once again trying to devour small children, with a little girl recently partly falling through an escalator at a shopping mall in the city of Guyuan in Ningxia.
In surveillance video, the girl can be seen stepping onto the escalator with a companion and immediately having her right leg plunge into the machine. In an instant, a woman is right by her side trying unsuccessfully to pull her out while calling for help as other stunned shoppers look on.
Luckily, after about 20 seconds, one of the onlookers finally thinks to press the emergency stop button, bringing the escalator to a halt before it can reach the top.
Firefighters then arrived to extract the girl from the escalator’s clutches. Afterward, she was rushed to the hospital. It’s not clear what sort of injuries she sustained.
The accident is like déjà vu all over again. A few years back, China experienced aterrifying stringofescalator accidents. While things had quieted down, this summer a 1-year-old kid in Hunan provincenearly got his arm ripped off by another shopping mall escalatorwhile a father and son in Anhui province narrowly escaped death at a local shopping mall.