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VIDEO: Crowded mall escalator suddenly malfunctions and reverses

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A video of an escalator in a crowded shopping mall in Hong Kong lurching out of control, plumetting downwards, has gone viral.

CCTV footage captured the moment in which shoppers are seen gliding rapidly down the escalator at the Mong Kok mall in Langham Palace on Saturday.

Piles of bodies were accumulating on the other end of the escalator, leaving 17 people hurt.

According to Gulf News, an eyewitness said: “I heard people screaming. The escalator was going down but the speed accelerated.

“People started to panic and some fell down.”

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