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Boy dies in Beijing escalator tragedy: state media

Boy dies in Beijing escalator tragedy: state media

A nine-year-old boy died instantly after he got stuck in an escalator at a Beijing department store as horrified shoppers looked on, Chinese state media said on Sunday.

Sunday 29 January 2012, 11:12PM


The unaccompanied child stretched his neck out and became jammed between the moving escalator and the floor, the Xinhua news agency said, citing a publicity official from the capital's Xicheng district.

An investigation had been launched into the tragedy, which happened at around midday at a department store in the Xidan shopping centre.

The incident occurred on a weekend when hundreds of millions of people began returning from the busy Lunar New Year holiday period in China -- a time when people typically hit the shops.

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The report did not give more details as to how the young boy got wedged in the escalator.

In July, a 13-year-old boy was killed and over 20 others injured when an escalator in a Beijing underground station suddenly reversed direction during the busy rush hour.

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