Man 'fooling around' on escalator falls to death at mall

2018-05-30 05:39
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A man who was apparently "fooling around" and riding an escalator rail lost his balance and fell to his death at a Rhode Island mall.

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements tells WPRO-AM the victim fell one floor, from the escalator at the movie theater level to the food court, at the Providence Place Mall just before 23:00 on Monday.

Clements says the man lost his balance, fell backward, and hit his head on a table. He suffered "massive injuries" and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The victim was a 45-year-old Pawtucket man. His name wasn't immediately released.

Police say the death appears to be accidental, but they'll review surveillance video.

There have been a handful of deaths at the mall since it opened in 1999, including other people falling from escalators. A man died in 2006 after he jumped between escalators and fell.


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