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Mother Killed After Falling Into An Escalator Manages To Save Two-Year-Old Son By Throwing Him To Safety

27/07/2015 16:34 BST | Updated 28/07/2015 09:59 BST

The shocking moment a heroic mother was killed as she fell into an escalator at a shopping centre has been captured on CCTV.

Xiang Liujuan was shopping with her two-year-old son at Anliang department store in Hubei, China, when the accident happened.

The 30-year-old mother managed to throw her son to safety as she fell through the floor-plate of the escalator.

Two staff members tried to help the woman, as half her body became trapped in the machinery but were unable to save her. Rescue crews reportedly took four hours to remove Liujuan's body from the escalator.

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Workers have been blamed for her death for failing to screw the floor plate back into place after carrying out routine maintenance work.