Hong Kong escalator malfunctions, 2 mechanics arrested

29 March, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • 18 people were injured when a malfunctioning escalator at the Langham Place in Mong Kok suddenly reversed direction.- SCMP  Handout

Eyewitness Lau Kit-ying told the newspaper: "It was so sudden that people couldn't respond in time".

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The escalator was a long one, going between the fourth and eight floors of the mall, which makes the accident all the more terrifying.

Otis has expressed surprise at the arrests and said it would seek clarification from authorities.

Cellphone video showed the packed escalator suddenly reverse direction and pick up speed going down.

The people standing on the escalator did not have time to understand what happened and they fell on top of one another.

An escalator malfunction inside a mall in Hong Kong's Langham Place lead to 18 people being injured after it stopped and began moving in the opposite direction.

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This is the shocking moment a group of shoppers were injured when an escalator they were suddenly doubled speed and travelled in the opposite direction.

The dramatic video has been watched by hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook since the Saturday incident.

The police in Hong Kong have arrested two workers from an escalator company following an incident at a Kowloon mall that left shoppers injured.

A Langham Place spokesperson said that the particular piece of machinery involved in the mishap passed an inspection as recently as March 23.

The contractor for maintaining the escalator has been asked to investigate the cause of the accident.

The malfunction is believed to be due to a damaged driving chain.

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