Rush Hour Chaos: Escalator Malfunction Causes Major Accident in Beijing’s Subway Station

  • Share
  • Read Later

No one realized how dangerous escalator failures could be until the Tuesday morning accident in Beijing, which injured 28 and killed one teenage boy.

The ascending escalator at the Beijing Zoo Station, subway Line 4, came to a sudden halt and reversed directions. Apparently, it not only reversed directions but also shifted to “free-fall” speed, throwing the riders down the steps into a choatic human pile.

(LIST: 20 Best and Worst Cities for Public Transit)

“Blood was all over the escalator,” one woman who suffered from bloody nose and scratches told Global Times.

A 13-year-old boy, who was standing at the bottom, died, and his father and sister were severely injured. Most of the victims were immediately taken to the intensive-care unit at Peking University People’s Hospital.

(PHOTOS: Underneath Beijing, in Transit)

The accident occurred on one of Beijing’s newest subway lines. The Beijing Metro spokesman said the the Otis-brand escalators were still in guarantee period and had gone through routine examinations. He also said Beijing Metro will cover all medial expenses for the injured. Otis, however, postponed discussion about compensation until the investigation results come out.

PHOTOS: Subway Explosions Kill Dozens in Moscow


What's interesting to note is the youth's admission to fellow colleagues as to feeling overworked and not fairly compensated which raises the question did he indiscriminately shoot at those whom he harbored grudges at and are there other employees who feel that they too have been overworked?

Interestingly why did the youth take on an action drama regalia, had he seen himself as an action hero righting wrongs?


There should be federal guidelines for reporting aberrant behavior before the inevitable happens.

In every incident, there were ignored signs of forthcoming events.


 ᴍʏ ɴᴇɪɢʜʙᴏʀ's ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ-ɪɴ-ʟᴀᴡ ᴍᴀᴋᴇs $67 ᴀɴ ʜᴏᴜʀ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ . Sʜᴇ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴜɴᴇᴍᴘʟᴏʏᴇᴅ ғᴏʀ 7 ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs ʙᴜᴛ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴀʏ ᴡᴀs $20455 ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ʜᴏᴜʀs. sᴇᴇ ᴘᴀɢᴇ..... WWW.ℤAKJOB.COM


"A shooter opened fire injuring at least six people at a FedEx center north of Atlanta on Tuesday morning, before apparently killing themselves"

Awesome writing.