18 injured in Hong Kong escalator incident

18 people were injured when a malfunctioning escalator at the Langham Place in Mong Kok suddenly reversed direction. - SCMP/Handout

HONG KONG: An escalator suddenly reversed direction at high speed in a crowded Mong Kok mall here on Saturday afternoon, sending shoppers tumbling and leaving 18 injured, one of them in a serious condition.

Video footage recorded by witnesses showed that the 45m-long escalator – which links the fourth and eighth floors of Langham Place on Argyle Street – changed direction without warning and sped up, causing terrified shoppers to lose their balance, tumble down and pile up at the base.

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