A toddler’s arm was reportedly sucked into an escalator in a terrifying incident at a shopping complex.
CCTV shows the two-year-old and his mum riding down an escalator when the tot suddenly appears to be on his back and wailing in pain.
His shocked mum bends over to try and pick him up, but the steps continue moving and threaten to break his right arm as they reach the floor panel below.
An eagle-eyed security guard managed to hit the stop button, saving the youngster’s limb during the terrifying ordeal at the City Star shopping complex in Yuanjiang, China, reports day.
The security guard sprinted into the crowd to press the button during the incident on July 5, preventing what could have been extremely serious injuries.
But the toddler remained with his right arm trapped in the gap between the escalator steps for a further 45 minutes until the fire service could free him, according to reports.
Rescue footage shows firefighters doing their best to comfort the boy as they find a way to free his limb.
His mum can be seen watching helplessly from the other side of the glass handrail as rescuers try to slowly free his arm without causing further injury.
Fireman Liu Cheng said: “By the time we arrived, his family was basically too stricken with panic to convey any effective information regarding how the accident happened.
“The boy himself wouldn’t stop crying. His entire arm was sucked into (an) escalator.
“In the end we used hydraulic equipment to prise the steps apart.
“I comforted him and told him not to cry. He was quite brave and, I think, did his best to endure the pain.”
The tot was carried into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
He is not believed to have suffered any broken bones or life-threatening injuries, but the exact condition of his arm has not been reported