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Chinese escalator that crushed woman had design flaw, investigators say

Chinese escalator that crushed woman had design flaw, investigators say

New details have emerged about the tragic case of a Chinese woman literally swallowed into the gears of an escalator this week as she disembarked from the top of the moving staircase. Surveillance camera images made public indicate that minutes before Xiang Liujuan, 30, stepped onto the metal footplate that collapsed beneath her feet and caused her to be crushed by the escalator’s machinery, two employees at the shopping center had stepped onto the same metal footplate and discovered that it was loose. The two employees did report the problem to management; however, the escalator was not immediately shut down. Poor emergency response from the mall and a design flaw in the...

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