Man's toe is torn off on escalator at Nottingham shopping centre
A CITY centre shopper has had his toe ripped off while on an escalator.
Firefighters were called yesterday afternoon to free the 24-year-old man in West End Arcade, Parliament Street, and asked nearby shops for ice to preserve the toe.
Central Fire Station manager Tom Clark said the man was conscious while they dismantled the escalator.
"He suffered quite a severe injury. There was quite a lot of bleeding," said Mr Clark.
"He was conscious and lucid and responsive all the time. He was tough given the stress of the situation."
The victim was taken out of the arcade on a stretcher, his foot heavily bandaged. An ambulance took him to hospital.
A 26-year-old man who worked in a barber's shop at the arcade saw the accident.
He said: "He was wearing soft-toed shoes. His toe was stuck in the escalator. He lost the toe. He was in pain. We heard screaming.
"My colleague stopped the escalator."
Colin Taylor, 45, who owns sweet shop Sugarcube, said: "I saw him trapped so I went outside and made the phone call and waited for the emergency services.
"I heard him screaming and he was obviously in a great deal of pain."
David Rose, 57, who works in the record shop Music Inn, said a fireman had asked for ice.
"I heard the chap shout and the next thing I knew there was no end of people running out and hitting the stop button on the escalator," he said.
"I didn't see him until he was sitting in the corner – he had his foot elevated and all bandaged up.
"Then a fireman came in and asked for ice so I knew there was something missing.
"They took the escalator top off before they took him away, which I'm guessing was to see if they could find the toe."
Both traders said they were not aware of pervious problems with the escalator.
Mr Rose added: "They come out and service it regularly."
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: "The patient was bleeding and had lost a toe."
Nottingham City Council’s Environmental Health department will be investigating the incident. The council said the area would remain cordoned off until its investigation was finished.
A spokesman for Hodgson Elkington, on behalf of the arcade, said: "We have no comment at the moment. We are assessing the situation."