Woman Falls And Gets Trapped In An Escalator After Freak Accident At A Shopping Mall

Woman Falls And Gets Trapped In An Escalator After Freak Accident At A Shopping Mall

The woman is said to be out of danger at the moment.

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A woman who got trapped in an escalator had to be cut free by local firefighters. The incident took place in Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast at around 11:45 a.m. on April 7. A spokesperson for the Queensland Ambulance Service revealed that the woman slipped when she was using the escalator. However, she was trapped after he top got caught on the grill and her best efforts to free herself didn't work. After being trapped for about 15 minutes she was finally freed, News.com.au reports. 



Mackenzie Colahan, a news reporter for 9 News Gold Coast, shared that the woman had lived out his "greatest fear" after having been stuck on the elevator for so long." This poor woman has realised my greatest fear - getting stuck in an escalator", he tweeted, sharing a video of the scene where a group of firefighters worked to free the woman. A user concurred with Colahan and added that they were absolutely "terrified of them" when they were a kid and that they still get nervous while riding them. When you look closer at the scene, it appears that the woman got trapped at the bottom of the escalator when she was either exiting or climbing on. At the moment she said to be in a stable condition after being rushed to Robina Hospital for further treatment.



Escalators have always been known to cause issues where people tend to get stuck and possibly injure themselves or worse. In a similar incident with a horrible conclusion, a three-year-old toddler had a fatal fall while playing near an escalator at an airport in North Carolina. He was accompanied by two of his other siblings; however, it was only the 3-year-old who suffered a tragic fate. Their mother was sitting nearby watching them play but could not react in time to save her baby. Chilling footage of the children playing at the edge of the escalator was soon released that showed Jaiden Cowart and his sister grabbing hold of the escalator railing from the outside. He held it as well, went up, and did not let go. After a while, the girl let go but was caught by people below. Another camera showed the boy reaching the top of the escalator. He then faltered and let go, but there was no one to catch him and he suffered a fatal 20-foot fall.



According to the police, there were three children playing near the escalator of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport reports ABC. They were unsupervised according to authorities.  The children's mother, Jiterria Lightner and the kids were just returning home from a trip to Florida and they were picking up luggage. This was when Jaiden went up the escalator and fell. Police said Lightner "allowed substantial risk of physical injury...by allowing the child to play, unsupervised, on an airport escalator." They further said there was video evidence in the case that showed captured from a CCTV footage “from the moment they got off the plane..until the child's (sic) fall from the escalator.”

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Based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, escalator and elevator-related incidents are one of the leading causes on injuries in the country. The report states that as many as 30 deaths and 17,000 injuries are recorded each year.

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