Tragic death by escalator

I have heard of people’s clothing or hair getting stuck but this went one step further.

Montreal woman dies after her scarf becomes stuck in subway escalator | News.com.au.

A WOMAN has died after her scarf got caught in an escalator in a Montreal subway stop.

The woman was riding the down escalator at the Fabre Metro station when her scarf became trapped.

“The lady took the escalators, her scarf got caught into the escalators and at the bottom it got tied up around her neck and it strangled her or she has passed away in the Metro,” a police spokesman told Canada’s Global News.

From the article, she was alone, she may have fallen, and she was in an unsupervised area. A witness came upon her and called emergency services.

It’s not know if the escalator malfunctioned. She died of cardiac arrest. Officials will examine footage from security cameras in an investigation into the incident.

There are some 16,000 escalator injuries reported each year in the U.S. [Source] but most are not serious. Some are.

Seattle escalator strangling death investigated – CBS News.

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  3 comments for “Tragic death by escalator

  1. Chris
    January 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    That is why some escalators have a big red button at the bottom (or top). I only know this because during an anime convention I saw a kid get his shoe stuck at the bottom. I saw the red button and pushed it. All the costumed people on the escalator swayed as it came to a complete stop. Then I alerted one of the security staff.

    And this is why I am a big fan of mobius scarves, just make sure they are not overly long. There are no free ends to get caught. I make them with just a third of a yard of silk, that is typically in widths like 36″, 45″ and up to 60″. Hem the sides, meet the ends wrong side to right side and connect with a French seam.

  2. Frederick
    January 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    I saw that news this morning, horrible accident. I don’t live in Montréal, but i go there often. ( yes i live in Québec and i am a Québecois) There was some stupid media who distorted the news making it look like that women was a muslim women wearing a hijab. Some people comment online had really racist comment. Of course as a skeptic and atheist, i found most religious rules ridicule, but some people were “happy”. Anyway those distortions as been rectified.

  3. Bonnie
    February 1, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Years ago I saw a movie about Isadora Duncan. I still wear scarves but I’m very careful where the ends are.

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