A three-year-old boy lost a finger recently following an accident on a Macy’s escalator, reports say. Even though doctors tried desperately to save the finger, it was eventually amputated.
The boy, Maxlee Gell-Tejada, of Washington Heights, had been trying to retrieve a bottle he had dropped when his finger became caught in a third floor wooden escalator at the Macy’s in Herald Square, reports say. The finger was amputated shortly afterward.
Gell-Tejada is reportedly the latest in a long string of accidents on wooden escalators, bringing speculation that they will eventually be forced to replaced nationwide. Macy’s was reportedly cited and the incident is pending further investigation. The escalator in Macy’s has been in use since 1927 and is one of the last in New York City.
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