The Quebec coroner’s office is conducting an autopsy on Naima Rharouity, a 47-year-old mother of two who was killed after a piece of clothing she was wearing became caught in an escalator at a Montreal train station.
Rharouity was at Fabre metro Thursday morning when the accident happened. It appears that she was traveling down an escalator when she fell. An item of clothing became stuck in the mechanism and tightened around her neck, strangling her.
Rharouity was the mother of two young boys aged eight and five.
Her family called the death a ‘horrific accident.’
According to CTV, her husband had just left for Morocco to make arrangements after his mother died.
The coroner’s office is seeking to determine what led to Rharouity’s death.
She was wearing a hijab at the time of her death, but it is unclear which item of her clothing became stuck.
‘The investigators looked at the different views of the cameras of the STM and they weren’t able to determine exactly the sequence of events that led to the death of the woman,’ Constable Daniel Lacoursiere told CTV.
Witnesses told police they saw the unnamed victim struggling to free her scarf after it got lodged in the teeth of an escalator on her way down to the subway platform.
‘While she was trying to pull up her scarf from the escalator, her hair got caught too and from there, everything got tied up at the end of the escalators,’ said Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant, of the Montreal police.
Commuter Bassam Joubarani told CBC.ca he saw two Good Samaritans rushing to the aid of the 48-year-old woman, who was lying unconscious on her back at the bottom of the moving stairs.
Joubarani recalled seeing the trapped victim still breathing, with half of her body resting on the escalator.
By the time firefighters and EMS workers arrived on the scene, Rharouity went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the scene.