A 4-year-old boy in China’s Chongqing Municipality lost his life after getting stuck between an escalator and the ground in a subway station on Thursday.
The boy was leaning against the running escalator handrail while playing with a 3-year-old girl, when he accidentally fell down and rolled into the narrow space between the escalator and the ground, according to an announcement released by Chongqing Rail Transit.
Subway staff soon stopped the escalator and attempted to rescue the boy, but he died after reaching hospital, having suffered extreme pressure to his chest.
The two children were reportedly left alone by the boy’s mother, who was occupied with other matters, according to the announcement.
The mishap has sparked heated discussions on Chinese social platforms, with many calling for more responsibilities from parents over their children, especially in public places.