Boy who lost fingers in escalator accident was unattended

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 2-year-old boy who was rushed to a hospital after his fingers were severed in a Washington Square mall escalator was unattended when he fell, investigators found.

The boy was attempting to run up the down escalator when he was injured, according to the state accident report. Two of the boy's fingers on his left hand were severed when his mother pulled him up from the escalator, the report said. Security officers gave first aid to the boy until paramedics arrived to rush him to the hospital.

Workers took the escalator apart and recovered the boy's two fingers. It's unclear if they were successfully reattached at the hospital.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Investigators reviewed security video and saw that the boy was unattended when he fell.

The escalator was immediately taken out of service while state investigators completed their inspection. They found an "unrelated deficiency" during that inspection, the report said.

The failure of a switch inside the escalator "did not contribute to this accident," according to the state report.

Repair workers fixed the escalator and a state inspector approved the repairs after successful tests.

Read the investigation report

A Washington Square spokesman told KGW "we are heartbroken" about the incident.

The escalator was returned to service on Thursday.


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