Man is sucked into escalator in front of horrified shoppers in China782 views
Shocking moment repair man is sucked into escalator in front of horrified shoppers in China
- Footage shows engineer stuck in the moving escalator in Chongging
- The escalator was stopped just in time to rescue the technical workman
- He was rushed to a nearby hospital but his condition remains unknown
A technician has suffered extensive injuries after falling into a moving escalator he was in the process of repairing and having to be pulled out.
The unnamed workman was pulled into the device and miraculously managed to avoid being crushed to death by the machinery as only his head remained visible from the outside.
He was reportedly repairing the device in Beibei District of Chongqing, a major city in south-west China, when he accidentally fell into the escalator.
The outdoor escalator was stopped just in time as the worker was sucked into its moving parts, and local firefighters were called to free the man from within the machinery as hundreds of terrified shoppers gathered around to watch the drama unfold.
Those fearing the worst for the workman were relieved to hear that he was still alive inside the escalator, although seriously injured and quickly losing consciousness.
Arriving firefighters managed to prise his body out of the device and rush him to hospital.
He is now receiving treatment in the trauma centre of a hospital, but his condition is still unknown.
Reports said the escalator ‘suddenly became operational’ as the workman was fixing it.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the accident.
Last week a pensioner in Shenzhen, a major city in South China’s Guangdong Province, broke his leg after falling through a step-less escalator.
It was the last serious escalator-related injury before this week’s event.
Fear of escalators began in China last summer when a woman fell through a loose panel at the top of a working shopping mall escalator and was crushed to death by the machinery.