An escalator in China suddenly changes its direction, causing a pile of passengers to be fall to the ground. The untoward incident reportedly in a subway station in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province last Thursday, February 19, 2016. Everything was captured on video, which was uploaded on the CCTV News Facebook page this Monday, February 22. Watch it below.
As you can see, many people rushed to use the said escalator to go upwards while only a few used the stairs. But in less than 10 seconds, the fully-packed escalator abruptly moved in the opposite direction in fast speed. This caused the passengers on the higher level started to fall down, causing a domino-effect. Within a matter of seconds, all of them fell to the ground.
According to the report, more than ten people were on top on each other, with at least five of them were slightly injured and were taken to the hospital for treatment. As of posting, local authorities are still conducting a thorough investigation on what caused the freak accident. Meanwhile, the escalator in question has been temporarily shutdown until further notice.
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Footage: People thrown to the ground by a reversing escalator
More than ten people were thrown to the ground after an escalator suddenly changed directions in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province on Thursday. At least five people were slightly injured. The escalator has been shut down and an investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched.
Posted by CCTVNews on Monday, February 22, 2016
Apparently, this is not the first time that an escalator in China has caused accident. Back in July 2015, a 30-year-old mother named Xiang Liujuan died as a hero after she threw her 2-year old son to safety before she fell through the floor-plate of the faulty escalator of a shopping mall in Hubei, China. Mall staff members immediately took action to rescue her but it was too late.
A few weeks later, an unnamed woman was somehow lucky to cheat death after the metal flooring of an escalator fell shortly after she walked on it. The incident took place inside a shopping mall in Shenyang, Liaoning province. And although it is quite similar to what happened in Hubei, it is not known whether it is from the same escalator maker or not.