Coroner investigating death on Metro escalator

47-year-old Naima Rharouity's scarf and hair tangled in mechanism

Fabre Metro station

An investigation continued Friday into the death of a woman who was strangled to death after her scarf and hair were caught in the mechanism of a Metro escalator.

The Quebec coroner's office identified the victim as 47-year-old Naima Rharouity.

Genevieve Guilbault said in an emailed statement that a coroner has been assigned to investigate and that an autopsy was planned for Friday.

The exact circumstances surrounding the death have not been established.

Authorities have said the incident occurred around 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, near the end of the morning rush hour.

A police spokesman said the woman was travelling down the escalator toward the metro platform when her scarf became trapped.

Firefighters found her at the bottom of the escalator and tried to revive her.

Ambulance technicians followed suit, but she was declared dead at the scene.

An ambulance spokesman said the victim was actually trapped in the escalator mechanism.

Coroner Paul Dionne is investigating with Montreal police and the Regie du batiment, the body which enforces the province's building code.

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