The little girl's right foot got stuck in the escalator as it was coming down from level two to level one.
We hear of kids getting involved in escalator accidents time and time again. Just last night (11 August), yet another escalator incident involving a four-year-old girl has been reported.
According to a Channel NewsAsia report, the incident occurred at the White Sands mall in Pasir Ris at around 9.30pm last night. The little girl’s right foot had got wedged in the escalator while she was descending from level two to level one of the mall, said the mall’s general manager Dennis Cheong in an official statement.
An eyewitness said:
“We were eating and suddenly a kid cried out … (I) looked down and saw a kid (with her foot) stuck in between the escalator, and her mum holding on. Then everyone (was) rushing to stop the escalator and help the kid.”
He further said that the girl had been attended to promptly by the shopping mall’s staff within five minutes of the incident occurring.
Also at the scene were an SDC fire engine, fire bikes, a Red Rhino and an ambulance. The little girl was rescued by SCDF personnel and taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, say reports.
Mr Cheong added:
“The safety of our shoppers is of utmost importance to us and AsiaMalls Management takes a very serious view of the matter,” he said. “We are currently conducting an investigation with the escalator operator and the Building & Construction Authority.”
The escalator has been closed until further notice. There are no reports yet on the condition of the little girl.
Escalator safety for families with kids
Mums and dads, here are some basic escalator safety tips for kids you should always keep in mind.
Getting on the escalator
While riding the escalator
Getting off the escalator