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Woman dies after scarf gets caught in escalator

A woman in Montreal, Canada died after her scarf got caught in the teeth of an escalator and strangled her. The 48-year-old woman was riding on the Metro escalator when her scarf got caught. She tried to pull her scarf out but when she got to the bottom of the escalator, the scarf went further inside and ended up strangling her. Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes but it was too late. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses were traumatized by what they saw and many said that they would be more careful while riding the escalator.

Apparently these escalators are "up to code" and are equipped with safety mechanisms that are supposed to prevent accidents of this kind. Perhaps the escalator was supposed to stop working if something got tangled -- but in this instance, it did not. More on this story in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014