Reports are coming in on Weibo about yet another failing escalator, this time at Shanghai’s Hongkou Football Stadium Metro Station. The machinery experienced a “sudden malfunction” at around 2:00 p.m. today between Lines 3 and 8 of the station, prompting some panic among commuters and leaving the escalator in a somewhat mangled state, as seen here.
Nobody was injured, fortunately. The escalator was powered off along with two others in the transfer area for security reasons.
The news comes after recent horror stories involving escalators sparked safety concerns across the country. In June, a 30-year-old mother was riding the escalator at a Hubei mall with her young son when the upper footplate suddenly collapsed beneath them. She was able to push the child up to safety but, tragically, was pulled into the machinery and died.
The very next day, a one-year-old toddler was badly hurt when he got dragged into one of the moving staircases in Guangxi. In yet another horrific accident on August 1, a 35-year-old cleaner got stuck in an escalator at a Shanghai mall and had to have his leg amputated.
Such incidents are bound to incite a mild freakout when an escalator starts acting up, as was the case with this one in Hong Kong earlier this month. The recent events have also inspired more people to start using the stairs… and to do this.
[Images via Weibo]