Date
23 October 2017
An attendant inspects the damage (left photo). Another makes the escalator off-limits to passengers. Photos: HKEJ
An attendant inspects the damage (left photo). Another makes the escalator off-limits to passengers. Photos: HKEJ

MTR escalator mishap down to a shoe

As public service announcements go, Hong Kong’s mass transit railway operator is up there with the most persistent. Passengers are continually warned to mind the platform gap, watch their step and not to board the train when the doors are closing.

Occasionally, however, the reminders go unheeded, so when someone — purposely or not — had a shoe stuck between the moving steps in Tseung Kwan O station, the escalator came to a crackling halt.

A few riders were shaken but no one was hurt.

Apparently, the offending footwear ran up against the platform at the top of the escalator and lodged in its teeth, causing a loud bang as the electric conveyor buckled to a stop.

The incident happened at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.    

A spokeswoman for MTR Corp., surnamed Lau, confirmed to EJ Insight that the incident was caused by a passenger’s shoe being lodged in the escalator.

She reminded passengers to avoid touching the sides of the escalators with their shoes and to stay clear of moving parts and hold the handrail. 

People should take extra care if they’re responsible for elderly passengers or children, Lau said.

Those with heavy baggage should use the lift instead of the escalators, she said.

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JP/RA

Chief reporter at EJ Insight

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