Heroic

Mother who died in China escalator accident managed to save son first

People ride on escalators in a shopping mall in Hong Kong on July 20, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images

A woman killed by an escalator in a Chinese department store on Saturday can be seen on security camera footage saving her young son’s life seconds before her own death. Xiang Liujuan, 30, was holding her son in front of her as they traveled up the escalator when a panel beneath them gave way. Xiang fell half-way through but managed to thrust her son forward, where a shop assistant pulled him to safety. As the escalator continued rolling, Xiang disappeared downwards into the machinery, despite one of the staff briefly grabbing her hand. It took firefighters almost four hours to cut open the mechanism and recover her body. According to an unnamed source, workers who had just carried out maintenance on the escalator had forgotten to screw the access cover back into place. The incident was hotly debated on Chinese social media, with many expressing their fury at the shop management, and others praising the heroic mother’s final action. “I was appalled when I saw her sink and at the same time felt the greatness of maternal love – the mother wasted no time pushing the child out when it happened,” was one reaction on Sina Weibo, known as Chinese Twitter.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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