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Boy dies after head caught in escalators

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy died yesterday after his head became trapped between two escalators in a Beijing shopping mall.

The child had been playing on the escalator alone while his mother, a saleswoman, was working, said the Beijing Emergency Medical Center.

Traveling from the fifth to the sixth floor about 12:30pm, he craned his neck over the side and looked down, unaware that he was approaching a point where the escalator he was traveling on passed close to another traveling downwards.

The boy's head became wedged between the two escalators and he was killed immediately.

Both escalators were shut down and the Beijing Administration of Work Safety is investigating.

The watchdog advised parents to accompany children under the age of 12 on escalators.

Some web users called on shopping malls to fit guards at the points where escalators cross, while others called on parents to improve their supervision on their children.

No specific Chinese law covers supervision of children.

Last May, a 10-year-old girl got her head stuck between the escalator and a beam in a mall in Xi'an, capital of northwest Shaanxi Province.

A quick-thinking member of the public pressed the escalator emergency button, managing to stop it before the girl suffered severe injuries.

A 13-year-old boy suffered head injuries after becoming trapped between two escalators in a Shanghai supermarket in 2010.


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