74-year-old man dies after falling from escalator in Chennai hotel

Ramesh Jagtiani was in the hotel for a fundraiser when the accident took place.
74-year-old man dies after falling from escalator in Chennai hotel
74-year-old man dies after falling from escalator in Chennai hotel
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A 74-year-old man died after suffering a head injury when he tripped and fell from an escalator in a hotel in Chennai on Thursday. The man’s friend, who accompanied him onto the escalator, also suffered injuries.

According to reports, the incident happened in Hilton, a five star hotel on 100 feet road in Guindy. Ramesh Jagtiani (74) lived in Pantheon road in Egmore and was in electronics business. He and his friend Mritunjay Singh (74), who lives in Poes Garden, were in the hotel on Thursday to attend a fundraising event.

After an event hosted by an NGO, the two men got onto the escalator, with Ramesh standing behind Mritunjay. When Mritunjay tripped on the escalator, Ramesh, who was behind him tried to hold is friend. However, Ramesh lost control and both the men fell and rolled down to the bottom of the escalator. Seeing this incident, the hotel staff stopped the escalator immediately and both the men were rushed to the hospital as they had suffered injuries. 

Ramesh Jagtiani died in the hospital due to a head injury while Mritunjay remains stable with a few injuries. Ramesh’s body was sent for autopsy by the Guindy police and they have registered a case.

In 2018, a 10-year-old boy Naveen died of head injuries, four days after he fell down from an escalator in Chennai’s Express Avenue mall. Naveen’s school bag got stuck in the moving railing of the escalator while he was climbing to the second floor of the mall with his sisters. The boy was pulled by the moving railing to the escalator pulley, which threw him off over the railing onto the ground around 25 feet below. The visitors in the mall rushed Naveen to a private hospital, who was then moved to the Royapettah Government Hospital. He was referred to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital due to severity of the injury, where he spent three days in the ICU before passing away.

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