Escalator severs toddler’s finger at Washington Square

Escalator taken apart in attempt to retrieve boy's severed finger

Sign at the entrance of the Washington Square Mall located on SW Washington Square Road, August 20, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Sign at the entrance of the Washington Square Mall located on SW Washington Square Road, August 20, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A toddler lost a finger Wednesday evening after getting it caught in an escalator at the Washington Square Food Court.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) said crews actually took apart the escalator to retrieve the boy’s finger in an attempt to have it be reattached.

The incident happened just before 6 p.m. at the shopping center located at 585 Southwest Washington Square Road.

According to TVF&R, the boy was transported to a hospital via ambulance and had injures to a second finger. The child’s current condition was not known.

Washington Square Mall Senior Property Manager Thomas Randall issued the following statement: “We are heart broken about this evenings accident. While we are unable to comment while this matter is under investigation, our thoughts are with the young child and his family.

Randall added that the escalator involved is closed until further notice.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, which oversees Oregon’s Elevator Safety Program, will arrive at the mall on Thursday to investigate the incident.

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