Chinese exercise extreme caution with escalators after fatal accident

Chinese exercise extreme caution with escalators after fatal accident
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After the two recent accidents involving escalators in which a mother was killed, everybody has become more cautious when taking escalators.

A video has shown people often jumping off the steps onto the platform when they reach their floor.

When Xiang Liujuan, a 30-year-old woman and her son, were getting off the escalator in a shopping mall in Jingzhou, Hubei province last Sunday, the pedal in front of them suddenly broke and Xiang fell into the escalator.

Before falling she pushed her son to safety but she showed no sign of life when rescuers retrieved her body.

Another accident happened in Wuzhou, Guangxi province on Monday. A one-year-old baby's left arm got stuck in the pedal of the escalator and was severely hurt.

Since then, many people have become paranoid that they would get "eaten" by escalators as well.

So they have begun to step very softly on the pedal as they get off, or they try to walk along the side. Some even try to jump over three pedals as soon as they reach the floor.

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