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Watch the moment that an escalator reversed and caused a huge pile up

The incident happened in Ningbo, a city in China’s Zhejiang province

escalator reverse

COMMUTING CAN BE tricky at the best of times.

Spare a thought for the people who ran afoul of this defective escalator in Ningbo, a city in China’s Zhejiang province.

Last Thursday it suddenly reversed, throwing those standing on it back towards the bottom.

Local media are reporting that a total of 10 people were taken to hospital, with five being declared injured.

An investigation into what exactly caused the escalator to switch direction is underway.

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This isn’t the first incident concerning escalator safety in China.

Last October a four-year-old boy was killed in the Chinese city of Chongqing after becoming stuck under an escalator handrail. 

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