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Chinese woman manages to save son (2) but is killed in shopping escalator accident

The accident in the central city of Jingzhou was caught on CCTV footage
The accident in the central city of Jingzhou was caught on CCTV footage

A Chinese woman has died after being trapped in a shopping centre escalator, but not before pushing her two-year-old son to safety.

The accident in the central city of Jingzhou was caught on CCTV footage.

The woman, identified in media reports as 30-year-old Xiang Liujuan, had reached the top of the escalator when the section of landing platform she had stepped onto suddenly collapsed, trapping her inside the still-moving machinery.

The footage shows that Xiang managed to push her son into the arms of shop attendants near the top of the escalator. The attendants tried to pull her to safety, but Xiang fell into the mechanism and was killed.

Media reports say her body was recovered four hours later, after crews disassembled the escalator.

Maintenance had just been carried out on the escalator at the Anliang department store in Jingzhou in the central province of Hubei, and workers forgot to screw the access cover back into place, the Wuhan Evening News cited an unnamed source as saying.

Warning: Some may find the footage distressing.