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Girl’s hand caught in escalator!

  • Written by People's Tonight
  • Published in Provincial

THE mall was delightfully filled with the laughter of children running up and down an escalator. Suddenly, a piercing cry ruined the festive mood.  And all stood still.  A seven-year-old girl had dropped something on the moving staircase and reached for it. Horribly, it was like offering her limb to a hungry shark. 
In a blink, the victim’s hand was swallowed by the cold jaws of the jagged steel steps.   According to an ABS-CBN report, the tragedy occurred inside a mall in Bayambang, Pangasinan.
A news footage quoted the escalator operator as saying, “Pabalik-balik sila dito. Naglalaro. Nag-cr ako, paglabas ko marami nang tao.”   
Mall employees helped in rescuing the child who was rushed to the hospital.  An investigation by the munical engineer, identified as Eddie Melicorio, showed the child was reaching for something when her hand was caught in the escalator. “Pinilit niyang dukutin para makuha. Du’n na nakuha,” he said in a TV interview.
Meanwhile, the victim’s mother said the child passed by the mall to deliver the banana cue that they were selling.
The local government, which owns the mall building, said it is willing to extend help to the victim.