18 hurt after HK escalator malfunctions: 6 other shocking escalator accidents

An escalator malfunctioned at Langham Place shopping mall in Mong Kok on Saturday, injuring at least 18 people after the upward-running escalator lost momentum and then began to run in reverse at high speed.
An escalator malfunctioned at Langham Place shopping mall in Mong Kok on Saturday, injuring at least 18 people after the upward-running escalator lost momentum and then began to run in reverse at high speed.PHOTO: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
18 injured as Langham Place escalator malfunctions by reversing its direction.

SINGAPORE - Escalators are ubiquitous in any city, and we use them almost every day.

But for a small number of people, escalator accidents have resulted in injuries and even death.

On Saturday (March 25), 18 people were injured after a 45m-long escalator in a Mong Kok mall suddenly reversed.

Here are other accidents that grabbed headlines.

1. Grandmother drops baby

A four-month-old baby fell over the side of an escalator of a mall in Shanghai and died in November last year.

His grandmother, who was holding him, had lost her balance.

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2. Coma after escalator fall

A 64-year-old retiree fell into a coma after falling at a Bishan MRT escalator and hitting his head on a step.

The retiree woke two months after the accident, which happened on Nov 12 last year near the station's Exit D.

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Mr Lim Chwee Leong, a 64-year-old retiree, is in intensive care at Tan Tock Seng Hospital after falling down an escalator at Bishan MRT. PHOTO: SHIN MIN READER

3. Wheelchair-bound after fall into escalator gap

Ms Azlin Amran became paralysed from the waist down after falling into an escalator gap at the Tanah Merah MRT station in 2013.

A lawsuit she brought against SMRT was settled out of court.

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Ms Azlin Amran, with her mother, Madam Azizah Mohd Lajis. PHOTO:  AZLIN AMRAN

4. Fell from escalator while grabbing hat

An American woman, Jenny Santos, fell to her death from an escalator in the World Trade Center while trying to grab her twin sister's hat.

She managed to grab the hat in midair, but fell over the escalator railing, the New York Daily News reported.


People walk in the World Trade Center Oculus transportation hub. PHOTO: REUTERS

5. Woman "eaten" by escalator

A woman was killed after she plunged through flooring over an escalator in a Chinese department store in 2015.

A panel in the floor gave way as she stepped off the escalator in a Hubei mall. She was holding her young son, but she pushed him to safety as she fell.

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6. Boy's genitals caught

A three-year-old boy's genitals were caught in a Perak supermarket escalator last year.

The fabric of his pants and the tip of his penis were caught when he sat on the steps of the escalator.

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