Escalator catches man’s foot – level 3
A man has had his foot amputated after it became caught in an escalator at a shopping centre in Shanghai on Saturday. The man, who is a cleaner at the centre, became trapped after a metal step on the machine opened and swallowed his leg.
It took firefighters around 20 minutes to free him from the escalator’s grasp, but doctors were unable to save his foot and were forced to amputate it, according to state television. He is now said to be recovering from the ordeal in hospital.
The incident in Shanghai comes a week after a woman died after being dragged into an escalator at another shopping centre in central China.
An investigation into the latest accident has been launched by the Market Monitoring Bureau of Shanghai’s Changning District and the escalator has been closed to the public.
Difficult words: trap (to stop something from moving), swallow (to catch), grasp (to have a firm hold), ordeal (a terrible experience), drag (to pull), district (an area of a country).
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