x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Five-year-old Emirati girl dies in supermarket lift accident

Col Abdullah Ali Mankhas, head of criminal investigation at the Ras Al Khaimah Police, said rescuers responded quickly but found the girl already dead, with her body stuck up high between the lift and the wall.

A five-year-old Emirati girl died in Ras Al Khaimah on Sunday after getting stuck between a lift and a concrete wall at a supermarket, local police said in a statement.

Col Abdullah Ali Mankhas, head of criminal investigation at the Ras Al Khaimah Police, said rescuers responded quickly but found the girl was already dead, with her body stuck up high between the lift and the wall.

The girl was with her mother and aunt when the accident happened. Preliminary investigations found that the lift was used to take merchandise to a storeroom on the supermarket’s upper floor and was not intended for public use.

The child’s body was taken to hospital to finalise legal procedures before being released to her parents for burial.

Col Mankhas, who extended his condolences to the girl’s bereaved family, urged managers of all supermarkets and large retail surfaces that use lifts and escalators to take all precautions to ensure the safety of customers.

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