In an effort to absolutely terrify everybody everywhere, escalators have started going haywire all over China! Or rather, in two cities within a week. Following Beijing’s disaster last week, another escalator accident occurred at 9pm last night in Shenzhen’s Huaqiang Road (华强路) metro stop, leaving two people injured.
The story sounds similar to the incident in Beijing – escalator went crazy, reversed directions and caused mayhem. Thank god this one didn’t happen at rush hour. Last week’s Beijing accident injured 30 and killed a teenage boy, whose parents are now haggling with the Beijing MTR over compensation fees. The family is asking for 1.2 milion yuan, but the MTR is offering only 700,000.
So, is everyone sufficiently terrified now? Well, if it’s any comfort, Shanghai has shut down specific models of the guilty OTIS escalators, and are testing escalators at all metro stations, airports, shopping malls and hypermarkets. From Shanghai Daily:
The bureau is now inspecting all escalators in Metro stations, airports, shopping malls and hypermarkets.
Officials also ordered escalator operators to carry out self-inspection to ensure safety. According to regulations, escalators should be checked every 15 days.
There are 1,725 escalators in the city’s Metro stations. Of these, 691 were made by OTIS, said the Shentong group.
The 22 escalators that have been shut down are on metro lines 1 and 7, probably causing mass confusion and crowding at the following stations: Xinzhuang Station, Shanghai South Railway Station, Panguang Road Station, Huamu Road Station, Gucun Park Station and Liuhang Station.