Boy's foot gets stuck in Jurong food centre escalator

Left: SCDF officers freeing the boy's right foot which was lodged in the escalator. Right: The boy, after he was freed, with his father.

An eight-year-old boy got his shoe and foot stuck in an escalator at Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre on Sunday morning but he was saved from serious injury by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

The incident happened at the centre on Yung Sheng Road around 10am on Sunday, reported Shin Min Daily News.

The boy's father, who was identified only as Mr Chen in the report, told the Chinese daily that his family was out having breakfast when they suddenly heard a scream.

The 36-year-old manager said: "We then discovered that our son's right foot was stuck in the escalator."

Mr Chen said he kept trying to pull the boy's foot out, but to no avail.

He said: "The lucky thing was, someone helped to press the button for the escalator to stop.

"I had hoped to find some tools to free my son from the escalator, but no one came to our aid. They just stood around watching."

A 57-year-old witness, who also gave his name only as Mr Chen, said that both father and son were in tears.

"The father was hysterical, shouting for everyone not to use the escalator," he told the Chinese daily.

"Father and son were both crying while the wife stood at a side calling on her mobile phone for help," he said.

An SCDF spokesman told The New Paper they received a distress call at 10.45am on Sunday. A fire engine, a Red Rhino and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

SCDF officers managed to free the boy 15 minutes after their arrival, reported Shin Min.

The boy was then taken to National University Hospital for treatment.

Mr Chen said his son sustained abrasions on his right leg.

He said a patch of skin about 20cm long had been scraped off, and the area was swollen.

To his relief, an X-ray done at the hospital revealed no fractures.

Last year, it was reported that a seven-year-old boy lost his big toe in an accident which happened at the same food centre.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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