Video Credit: AsiaWire
This footage shows a young girl with her entire arm stuck in an escalator after it was reportedly sucked in when she forgot to let go of the handrail at a shopping centre.
Distressing footage from the city of Hanchuan in China’s central Hubei Province shows the five-year-old riding the escalator up to the next floor together with her mum.
The video shows the girl with her left hand placed firmly on the rubber handrail, but she does not let go as she reaches the floor above and the handrail rolls back underneath the floor panel.
The girl crouches down at the escalator exit and her left arm is suddenly sucked into the mechanism together with the disappearing handrail on 12th August.
The poor girl is then left lying helplessly on the floor as her arm remains trapped inside the escalator, the video shows.
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Her mother is also nearby but can do nothing to free her left forearm.
Members of the local fire service said they managed to rescue the girl in just 10 minutes by dismantling the plastic housing surrounding the handrail conveyor system.
The child’s hand was cut and swollen, for which she was given stitches at a local hospital, but she fortunately escaped serious injuries despite the ordeal.
She is recovering after the accident, but it is still unclear whether the shopping centre has offered to pay for her medical bills.
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