9 injured after ceiling decoration falls onto escalators in crowded tourist centre in Shaanxi, China

The structure fell onto two moving escalators carrying more than a dozen people in the centre at Mount Huashan, Shaanxi province, on June 16, 2018.
The structure fell onto two moving escalators carrying more than a dozen people in the centre at Mount Huashan, Shaanxi province, on June 16, 2018.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO

At least nine tourists in China were injured after a ceiling decoration collapsed at a tourist centre on Saturday (June 16).

The structure fell onto two moving escalators carrying more than a dozen people in the centre at Mount Huashan, Shaanxi province, reported state broadcaster CCTV.

By Tuesday morning, six of the nine tourists were discharged from the hospital, while three others suffered "light injuries", according to local media reports.

Video footage of the accident showed the moment people on the escalator saw the structure plummet down from the ceiling, with some gasping and others attempting to shield themselves.

When the structure, estimated to be about 30 sq m in size, crashed onto the escalators, dust and smoke can be seen.

Those who managed to dodge the accident began climbing over the escalator railing to the staircase next to it, while others scrambled to rescue the injured.

Some tourists were seen being carried out from under the decorative structure, including the elderly.

An eyewitness quoted by Chinese media outlet The Paper said he heard someone scream as the structure fell.

The man, who was near the escalator, added there was a lot of debris at the scene.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.