Montreal woman dies after scarf and hair get caught on escalator

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  1. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montr...arf-tangling-leads-to-woman-s-death-1.2516971

    "A 48-year-old woman died this morning after her scarf got caught in the escalator at the Fabre Metro station in Montreal.


    The entrance of the Metro at Jean-Talon Street East and Fabre Street is now closed until further notice while the coroner and police investigate.
    The incident happened around 9:15 a.m. ET Thursday at an unsupervised, automatic entrance to the Metro station on the blue line.

    "She got strangled… and the woman… passed away on scene,” said Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant of the Montreal police.

    A witness told investigators that the woman's hair also caught in the escalator after she bent down in an attempt to dislodge her scarf"
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://globalnews.ca/news/1117860/woman-dies-after-scarf-caught-in-montreal-metro-escalator/

    "The tragic incident led to a significant safety upgrade to the store’s escalators.

    The escalator manufacturer, Thyssen Krupp, said would install a “comb plate safety switch” that automatically shuts down the escalator when something becomes stuck.

    Scarf or hijab?
    Some media outlets are reporting that the woman was wearing a hijab at the time of the accident, although Montreal police said that they can’t officially confirm what kind of scarf was involved in the incident".
     
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    Hejlena Former Member

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    :seeya:
    This article says she was wearing hijab, and of course mention of such brought out every hateful racist internet troll in the country :(

    What an awful way to die :(
     
  5. sayd

    sayd Say-D

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    My granddaughter got a piece of clothing stuck on an escalator in an airport. It was terrifying. An alert airline employee ran and hit the big red button which stopped the escalator. She was fine, but we were all really shaken. I don't know what would have happened had the airline employee not seen it and pushed the button.
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://globalnews.ca/news/1121753/media-misfire-and-horrific-reactions-over-tragic-metro-death/

    "MONTREAL – Naima Rharouity was a 47-year-old mother who lived in Villeray with her two young boys, ages five and seven.

    “She really took care of her kids,” said her niece Soukaina Rharouity. ”They were the centre of her life.”

    Rharouity lost her life in the most horrific way. Her scarf and hair somehow got caught between the moving steps in a metro escalator, strangling her. She was pronounced dead at the scene"
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news...matic+brain+injury+brother/9473433/story.html

    "MONTREAL - Naima Rharouity died on the Fabre métro escalators last Thursday after suffering a traumatic brain injury, according to a preliminary coroner's report seen by the victim's brother Mohammed.

    Early police statements suggested Rharouity's scarf became entangled in the station's escalators, ultimately strangling the woman to death. But on Wednesday, Mohammed told The Gazette he had received a preliminary report from the Quebec coroner's office indicating Rharouity died from a traumatic brain injury"
     
  8. Ausgirl

    Ausgirl Enough Is Enough!

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    Omfg. This does NOTHING to help my escalator phobia, which is an actual phobia - I will do anything to avoid them, and where I can't, I experience panic attacks. Especially on the really big ones, because I'm scared of heights as well!

    When I was little, my cousin told me to always jump on and off escalators, in case my toes got caught and I was sucked under and turned into mincemeat. He said they had buckets underneath to catch all the kid-bits...

    To this day, I jump on, I jump off. I cope by telling myself, "people don't REALLY get sucked under..."

    :facepalm:
     
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    ~n/t~ New Member

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    Some local news stations reported she tripped and that's how the scarf got caught in the escalator.

    Would that explain the brain injury versus strangulation ?

    When I first heard the news I couldn't figure out how this horrific accident could have happened but then when I heard she tripped and fell causing the scarf to get caught it made more sense.

    Very sad. :(
     

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