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Firefighters rescue boy after his hand gets trapped in escalator

AsiaOne | Ariel Pang | Monday, Mar 20, 2017

Oblivious to the danger posed by escalators, young children are often tempted to play on them. A 6-year-old boy learned his lesson the hard way when his hand got trapped in the rolling belt of an escalator in Chongqing, China after he played on it.

Footage of the incident, which occurred on March 15, showed a group of passers-by looking on as firefighters tried to free the boy's hand using an iron bar. However, when the boy's hand remained tightly lodged in the rolling belt, they turned to using a hydraulic spreader instead.

Fortunately, they managed to free him after 10 mins, with his hand still attached.

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The boy was brought to hospital, where his hand was found to be fractured, reported The Daily Mail.

The incident came hot on the heels of a series of escalator-related incidents involving young children.

On March 7, a mother lost control of her child's pram while on an escalator in Hubei, China. Both mother and child took a tumble, but managed to escape unscathed with the aid of two delivery men passing by.

Earlier this year, a baby in Uzbekistan fell to his death after his mother's dress got caught. She lost her balance and dropped the infant over the side of the escalator.

pariel@sph.com.sg

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