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10 hurt as jammed stroller causes escalator pile-up

TEN commuters were injured on an escalator at People’s Square Metro station yesterday morning after a baby stroller became jammed at the top.

The accident happened at 10am when a woman, surnamed Shen, carried her baby and placed the empty stroller on the upwards escalator to transfer from Line 2 to Line 1.

But at the top, the back right wheel of the open stroller got stuck in the escalator edge, blocking the way, witnesses said.

Passengers began piling up at the top of the escalator, and others who moved backward to avoid the crush fell onto people below them.

A quick-thinking member of the Metro cleaning staff pressed the emergency button, bringing the escalator to a halt. Other passengers then rushed to the aid of the injured.

A total of 10 people, including Shen, were sent to Shanghai Changzheng Hospital. Her baby was not injured.

According to hospital staff, six people suffered scrapes and bruises to the head, shoulders and legs. The others had more slight injuries, said medics.

Metro regulations state that baby strollers must be folded away before they are allowed on escalators. Signs on Metro escalators states this.

A Metro staff member told Shanghai Daily that parents should hold babies in their arms and have strollers folded away before taking the escalator.

Passengers with strollers and wheelchairs that can’t be folded away, can travel in elevators, added the staffer.

The escalator operating company sent staff to the scene but found no malfunction, said the Metro operator.

The Metro operator also advised passengers wearing loose clothing or stiletto heels to pay particular attention when traveling on escalators.


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