Millions of people use escalators every day without incident. Sometimes, however, horrible accidents can happen, and while the number of people who have died on escalators is relatively low, fatalities do occur on a fairly consistent basis.
You might be asking, "How does an escalator kill you?" or "How do you die on an escalator?" These ten stories of escalator-related deaths will answer both, and make you better appreciate elevators or even good old-fashioned stairs. In short, escalator accidents can be quite serious.
Mother Saves Son but Perishes in Escalator Malfunction
In late June 2015, Xiang Liujuan noticed that a plate at the top of an escalator was missing in an Anliang department store in Jingzhou, in Hubei province, China. She managed to push her son to safety, but sadly, Liujaun fell through the hole and underneath the escalator, crushing her to death.Investigators determined the department store as at fault for the accident, as they provided no warning at the bottom of the escalator that the unit was broken. They also point to the fact the escalator should have been shut down and roped off as soon as the missing panel was discovered.
Toddler Dies in Escalator Mishap
Only a few months after Xiang Liujuan saved her son, but not herself, from perishing on a broken escalator, in October 2015, another little boy in Chongqing, China, was caught between the escalator steps and the handrail at a Hongqihegou metro station, dragging him into the mechanism.The unit was reportedly working properly at the time of the accident, so the metro station was not at fault. However, the boy was apparently left unsupervised by his mother, which lead to his being unaccompanied on the escalator at the time of his death.