JINGZHOU, China- A woman died Sunday after falling through an escalator that gave out from under her, but she first managed to save her son.

Surveillance video captured the moment as the mother and the young boy were riding to the top of the escalator, then suddenly a metal panel fell out from underneath the two.

Before the mother fell completely through the shaft, she pushed her son towards two mall employees who helped get him to safety. The employees tried to save the mother, but unfortunately were not able to pull her out.

According to the Wuhan Evening News, maintenance work had been carried out on the escalator and workers had forgotten to screw the access cover into place.

Authorities and crews in China have declined to comment at this time.

WARNING: Some readers might find these images disturbing in the video.