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Monday, 28 September 2015

Escalator Accident At Debenhams

A young woman has suffered serious injuries after falling from a fourth-floor escalator at Debenhams' flagship store in London's Oxford Street.

The victim is thought to have landed on a large advertising sign in the basement level after plummeting in front of screaming shoppers.

The incident comes after a man died when he fell from escalators in the same shop last year.

The woman, who is believed to be aged in her 20s, was taken to a central London hospital where her condition is described as serious but stable.

Lorena Aliaga, 28, whose mother works in Debenhams, was shopping in the store at the time on Sunday afternoon.

She said: "I was in the fourth floor chatting next to the cashiers. Suddenly we heard people screaming and running and the supervisor said 'Oh no, not again!'.

Ms Aliaga added: "I just ran into the stairs and saw the girl laid on the basement floor with a few people around.

"I could tell she was alive as I saw her moving her legs by herself.

"Her body was facing up and her legs sideways. She was young, in her 20s. People were shocked so we decided to get out of there. It was horrible."

Other Debenhams shoppers took to Twitter following the incident.

Erin Reki (@toniMarieChilds) said: "I was on the escalator going to the 3rd floor when she came hurtling past me. So scared for her!"

One customer was angry at the store for not closing. Queen Tea (@QueenTea) said: "Unfortunately we witnessed the incident, the basement remained closed but @Debenhams disrespectfully didn't close the store."

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "We were called at 15.24hrs on Sunday, 27 September to Debenhams, Oxford Street, to reports of a woman fallen from an escalator.

"Police, London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service attended. The woman was taken to a central London hospital suffering from serious injuries. She is currently still detained in a serious but stable condition.

"The incident is not being treated as suspicious. Inquiries are ongoing."

A Debenhams spokeswoman said: "Yesterday, an incident involving a customer took place in our Oxford Street store.

"Paramedics were called to attend scene immediately. The customer has been transferred to hospital for treatment and is accompanied by a store manager.

"Debenhams is working with the relevant authorities to conduct a full investigation into the matter."

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