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Woman dies after 80ft plunge in Primark

Posted in: Arm Injury Leg Injuries Public Place Accidents Shop Accidents Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A woman, who remains unnamed, has died in hospital after falling 80ft (24m) from the third floor of popular clothing store Primark in Liverpool.  The accident happened on Tuesday at around 18:00 BST, where she was found at the bottom of the store’s escalators on the ground floor of Church Street’s Primark.  The woman had been spotted only moments before the incident near a balcony by the third-floor’s escalators.

Believed to be in her late fifties, the woman was immediately treated by a doctor where she was found, but was pronounced dead later that day at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.  A spokeswoman from the North West Ambulance Service said that the drop from the third floor was at least 80ft (24m) – high enough to kill someone instantly.

Post-mortem is due to be carried out

Liverpool City Council has health and safety responsibilities for all shops in the city, so is currently waiting for results from the Police before they can decide on whether or not to investigate.  As of yet no witnesses have come forward concerning the accident, but a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out later in the week.

A similar accident occurred in the same Primark store only five years ago when a three-year-old girl fell through a gap between the escalators.  The infant fell to the ground floor while she was travelling on the escalators to the third floor with her family.  She luckily survived but broke her leg, her arm and suffered serious internal injuries

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