A child was killed at a metro station in Chongqing, China, on Thursday in another escalator-related tragedy. The incident occurred at around 11am in Beiyu District. A mother and her child were taking the escalators up at Hongqihegou Station when the child became trapped between the floor and the handrails at the end of the escalators.

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Pictures uploaded by eyewitnesses show the boy’s face turning red as his mother and another child stood beside him in tears.

Another escalator tragedy in Chongqing. Photo: NetEase.

A station staff member rushed to the scene and stopped the escalator. The child was reportedly rescued and taken to hospital but passed away at 1pm.

The local authorities are investigating the cause of the incident. The escalator is currently no longer in use.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.