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COPY-GRAPHIC: Mom on escalator killed after saving son

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JINGZHOU, CHINA (CCTV/CNN) - A 30-year old Chinese mother saved her son seconds before falling to her death inside of an escalator shaft.

Security camera footage showed the mother and her son riding on the escalator in a shopping mall and as she's ready to step off, a metal panel suddenly collapsed under her feet.

The mother pushed her son forward, and he was quickly pulled to safety by a mall employee.

Two other mall employees tried to drag the woman out, but within a few seconds she disappeared through the hole into the escalator shaft.

According to the Wuhan Evening News, maintenance work had been carried out on the escalator and workers had forgotten to screw the access cover into place.

Repeated phone calls to the shopping mall and the local safety inspection authorities went unanswered Monday.

A representative from the maintenance service provider declined to comment.

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