This is a terrifying moment a little girl’s fingers got trapped in a moving escalator.
The two-year-old girl had wandered away from her parents when she slipped at the top of the moving stairway in a mall in Russia.
Dozens of shoppers jumped on the escalator in an attempt to stop it from moving and rescue the frightened toddler.
Photos and videos show how the shoppers’ quick actions managed to move the escalator backward and release the girl’s fingers.
A spokesperson for the mall said that security had stopped the escalator.
“Technicians arrived at the site a few minutes later, but by this moment caring visitors of the mall, succumbing to emotions, organised independent actions to free the child’s fingers,” the spokesperson said.
“Safety experts point out that such spontaneous, emotional actions could lead to the risk of serious injury, not only to the child, but also to the visitors themselves,” the spokesperson continued.
“It is good that this incident ended only with fear and scratches on the fingers of the small child.
“We want parents to be more attentive to such small children and not to leave them unattended even for a minute.”
A security guard said to a local media that the toddler’s mother was shocked and felt guilty.
“She felt guilty and even refused hospitalization for the girl,” he said. “But head of the shift and visitors insisted she went to the ambulance.”
Prosecutors in the regional state are examining the safety measures at the mall.
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