VIDEO: Escalator in China Swallows Toddler’s Mother

A woman was killed after she plunged through the upper floor plate of an escalator in a Chinese department store, sacrificing her life just to make sure her son is safe, reports said Monday, July 27.

According to the Wuhan Evening News , Xiang Liujuan,30, was holding her son in front of her as they went up the stairway on Saturday.

The incident was caught on CCTV and was uploaded on YouTube via The Star Online.

The video shows the mother and boy reaching the top of the escalator, before the metal panel in front collapses. The mother manages to push her son forward to safety, but is swallowed up into the machinery, despite the efforts of staff.

Rescuers was able to retrieve her lifeless body after almost 4 hours.

Reports said that maintenance had just been carried out on the escalator at the Anliang department store in Jingzhou in the central province of Hubei, and workers forgot to screw the access cover back into place.