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Brave mother saves child before dying by being pulled into escalator at mall

By Mason White 3:28 PM July 28, 2015
Escalator illustration 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A mother and son were riding an escalator when the floorboard collapsed beneath them.

The 30-year-old woman died after she fell into the hole that suddenly appeared on the top of the escalator in a mall in China.

Xiang Liujuan was shopping with her husband and son in the mall in Jingzhou, Hubei, when she got onto the escalator with her 2-year-old son.

Surveillance footage, which has since gone viral on the Internet, captured the moment the floorboard collapsed beneath them. Liujuan managed to push her son to the floor next to the hole where he was safe as she fell into the gap.

Employees at the mall took the boy and then attempted to lift the mother out of the gap, but she was tragically pulled into the machinery.

Her husband was walking behind his wife and his son, but he had not made it to the escalator when the tragedy occurred.

Workers recovered the body of the woman 4 hours after she fell inside.

Police said that maintenance workers had done work to the escalator shortly before the accident, and workers forgot to screw the cover plate back into place.