RICHMOND, Va. — A man died after he fell down an escalator shaft inside the Dillard's store at Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond on Wednesday morning, according to a Richmond Fire spokesperson.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was reportedly a maintenance technician working on the escalator at the time, according to fire officials.
"At approximately 9:52 a.m., crews responded to the Dillard’s store at 9208 Stony Point Parkway for the report of a man who fell down the escalator shaft," a Richmond Fire spokesperson wrote in an email. "Once on scene, they found the victim trapped underneath and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead by medics with the Richmond Ambulance Authority, who then advised this incident was a recovery."
The incident happened about an hour before the store was scheduled to open.
The man's body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office where the cause and manner of death will be investigated.
The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration will also investigate to determine what happened.
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