Another escalator accident happened at an MTR station, the third in less than two weeks, when a boy’s shoelace was believed to have been caught in the ascending steps. No one was hurt.
The latest incident occurred during the evening rush hour on Tuesday at the escalator connecting the upper platform to the concourse near Exit C of the Prince Edward station, Apple Daily reported.
A 10-year-old boy was taking the escalator up to the concourse with a female companion at around 5:55 p.m., when his left trainer shoe got stuck between one step and the upper landing of the escalator. A loud bang was heard.
A witness, surnamed Lee, said some of the steps were damaged. The boy was last seen leaving the scene in a hurry without his shoe.
The escalator service was suspended for repair and maintenance.
Incidents involving escalators at MTR stations appear to be increasing in frequency. There were 704 incidents in 2013 and 728 were reported in 2014.
Prior to the Prince Edward station incident, an accident happened at the Central MTR station on Jan. 9, in which a 4-year-old boy’s right foot was caught in a gap in the escalator.
On Jan. 7, an escalator connecting the platform to the concourse of Tuen Mun MTR station was damaged and came to a sudden halt after a screw got caught in between the steps. No one was injured.
Boy’s foot caught in escalator in MTR Central Station (Jan. 11, 2016)
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