Teenage boy’s hand stuck in mall escalator in Santa Ana CA

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A teenage girl had to be rescued after getting her hand caught in the handrail of an escalator at the MainPlace mall in Santa Ana, California, firefighters say.

Screenshot from KTLA video

A teenage girl had to be rescued after her hand got caught in the handrail of an escalator at a Santa Ana mall, California firefighters have reported.

Orange County Fire Authority firefighters had to partially dismantle the escalator at the MainPlace mall to free the girl on Sunday, July 31, KTTV reported.

“I don’t know how it happened,” Battalion Commander Michael Morganstern told KTLA. The rescue began around 6:30 p.m. and lasted about an hour.

The girl was taken to hospital, KTTV reported.

In Denver, a woman died from a stadium escalator on Saturday, July 30, after a Kenny Chesney concert, McClatchy News reported. She would have been sitting on a ramp.

The three-story MainPlace mall has 180 stores plus JCPenney, Macy’s and Nordstrom, as well as a six-screen movie theater, according to its Facebook page. It opened in 1987.

Santa Ana is a city of 332,000 located in Orange County south of Anaheim.

Don Sweeney has been a journalist and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

Edwin S. Wolfe