Disaster On The Escalator At The Langham Place Mall In Hong Kong

Submitted by: fancylad 7 months ago in News & Politics


Holy hell, this is like a Stephen King novel -- The Devil's Escalator. Two engineers in charge of overseeing the performance of this escalator were arrested after tampering with the evidence that was being investigated in this accident.

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Male 469
Some folks have a remarkably poor grasp of events going on around them.  Like the good folks at the end of the video, now only halfway up the escalator, that begin to climb the stairs themselves which of course immediately begin to shift backwards, forcing more stairs to pass under the pile of bodies at the bottom and probably causing more injuries.
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Male 6,192
I'm surprised that no one posted this
~Singing~ Love on an escalator, Brakes failed and everybody's going down... ~bows and skitters out~
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Male 583
I remember being terrified of the escalators in the London underground as a kid, seems like I wasn't just being silly.
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Male 1,593
I suspect lack of maintenance to cut costs (NEVER a good idea) and then tampering to cover up the evidence, followed by shock and surprise that both the drive chain broke and the auxilary break didn't kick in as well as those engineers that tried to cover everything up by tampering with the equipment "completely on their own".
Yea.
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Male 6,192
I saw on Tosh where a man was stuck on an Elevator for almost two days, well I had a similar experience at the Galleria Mall. I was stuck between floors for 3 hours till a technician came to restart the escalator back up again
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Male 5,195
Never thought much about it, but it appears there's some kind of ratchet that's supposed to keep an escalator from sliding backward with gravity in the event that power is interrupted--and in this instance, that ratchet either broke off or never engaged at all.
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Male 1,781
Ooch, that would be frightening!

I do have to say I chuckled a bit at the 0.30 mark when the woman jumps to the "good" escalator and runs away, leaving her boyfriend behind
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