In the United States alone, there are about 10,000 escalator-related injuries that occur every single year. One of our greatest fears when riding an escalator is having a piece of our clothing or body get caught in the gap between the stairs and the landing platform. It’s the thoughts that nightmares are made of.
What we never think of is the fact that we could literally fall through the floor in front of an escalator and get crushed to death.
In the shocking security footage featured above, a young mother is shown riding up an escalator with her child in a department store in China. Right as they reach the top, the floor beneath them collapses.
Xiang Liujuan, 30, immediately fell through the flooring, frantically pushing her son to safety before being crushed to death inside the escalator.
It took firefighters nearly four hours to recover her body, the BBC reported.
Although she suffered an awful fate, her maternal instincts saved the life of her child.
According to The Guardian, the tragic accident occurred after workers forget to screw the access cover back into place after performing routine maintenance.