Escalator kills woman in shopping mall in C. China

A woman was killed by an escalator in a shopping mall in central China on Sunday after she fell into a rift that suddenly appeared at the upper end of the moving staircase.

Before she sank into the fracture, Xiang Liujuan, who was riding with her son, lifted the boy up, and a mall worker nearby brought him to safety.

The tragedy occurred in the Anliang Department Store in Jingzhou city, Hubei province.

Local emergency responders rushed to the scene after being alerted, but the 31-year-old showed no sign of life when she was removed from the escalator.

An investigation has been launched.

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