Viral video shows moment Hong Kong mall escalator malfunctions, plummets backwards

CCTV footage captured the moment hordes of shoppers are seen gliding up an escalator before it suddenly malfunctions. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)
Updated 27 March 2017
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Viral video shows moment Hong Kong mall escalator malfunctions, plummets backwards

DUBAI: Camera footage of an escalator in a crowded Hong Kong shopping mall lurching out of control has gone viral since being posted online on Sunday.
CCTV footage captured the moment hordes of shoppers are seen gliding up an escalator before it suddenly malfunctions and speedily sends people back down, causing a pile up at the bottom of the escalator.
Seventeen people were injured in the incident at Mong Kok mall in Langham Place and one eyewitness told Gulf News: “I heard people screaming. The escalator was going down but the speed accelerated.
“People started to panic and some fell down.”


‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Updated 23 April 2018
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‘Mini-Me’ actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

LOS ANGELES: Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, died Saturday. He was 49.

While no cause of death was given, a statement on the actor’s social media accounts said he had gone through a “recent time of adversity” and alluded to suicide and depression as “serious issues.”

“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” it added.

Troyer, who lived in Los Angeles, was taken to hospital early this month for unspecified treatment. The actor spoke about his alcohol addiction during another hospital stay a year ago.

One of the world’s shortest men at just two feet eight inches (81 centimeters) due to achondroplasia dwarfism, according to reports, Troyer was born in 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan.