Ten people have been injured in an escalator accident at Wonder Festival, at least one apparently severely injured with a broken leg; the escalator is said to have been overloaded, although staff were present.
Some 50 people on the errant machine were knocked down, and looking at the heights they could have fallen from, it is fortuitous that no fatalities ensued.
The malfunctioning escalator, going from the first to fourth floor, is on the right; you may be able to discern what happened from these confusing videos.
Apparently, a hundred people were guided on by staff, and at this point the malfunction occurred with a loud noise, knocking over those riding it, and sending them into panicked flight. It isn’t clear how injuries were sustained; it seems possible the stampede off accounted for injuries as well as the actual fall inducing failure.
Mercifully, nobody actually fell off the escalator.
After the incident the escalator was of course firmly off limits whilst staff, escalator engineers, police, paramedics and even firemen swarmed the area. The renegade escalator is under the most thorough of inspection to discern the cause of the accident, though results are not yet forthcoming.
You can see plenty of other photos and videos of the incident at source: Gigazine.
The event did at least continue as planned, so a report digest will be forthcoming.
Let us hope those unfortunates injured in their trip make a swift recovery.