An escalator at a shopping mall of Hong Kong’s Langham Place suddenly reversed direction and increased speed. The malfunction made dozens of passengers losing their balance and tumbling down to the ground. At least 18 people were injured.
Ambulances rushed to the scene and took the injured to nearby hospitals. A man who suffered a head injury was in serious condition.
Mong Kok, spokeswoman of the shopping mall, said the escalator has been in service for years with a fine record of operation. It supposedly passed a recent inspection on March 23, showing no signs of mechanical defects.
“We are urging the Otis Elevator Company to thoroughly probe into the accident, in concerted effort with the police, the fire department and other government sectors,” said Mr. Chao, general manager of Hong Kong’s Langham Place.