17 People Injured After Escalator Accident in Hong Kong

At least 17 people were reportedly injured in an escalator accident at one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping centres.

Video shows the 45-metre-long machine quickly changing direction and reversing at speed, causing a human pile-up at the base of the moving staircase at Langham Place in the Mong Kok area of Kowloon.

Screams can be heard as some people tumble down, while others are able to grab the handrail and steady themselves.

“It was fast and people couldn’t respond immediately,” Lau Kit-ying told the South China Morning Post. “More than 10 people piled up near the base of the escalator afterwards.”

Another woman told the newspaper that the escalator was travelling at twice the usual speed when it reversed.

Eyewitnesses told local media that 14 women and 3 men were hurt in the accident after losing their balance and rolling down the escalator.

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SOURCE: The Independent, Rachel Roberts