On Saturday evening, the last few steps of a moving escalator in Tampines 1 abruptly caved in and collapsed. According to Shin Min Daily News, the incident took place at around 9pm at an escalator going from the third to the second level of the mall, and four people had just gotten on when disaster struck.
Thankfully, no one sustained any injuries and the area was subsequently barricaded, reported The Straits Times. Apparently, the four who had just stepped on reacted in time to hit the emergency stop button and prevent further damage from happening.
The Chinese-language newspaper showed the damage done to the lower steps of the escalator in a photo taken by a reader. One of the tenants also told the publication that they heard loud noises from the moving stairway before the steps gave way.
In response to the incident, netizens were shocked and anxious about maintenance issues, especially with Tampines being a busy neighborhood and its malls having a tendency to get crowded often.
Meanwhile, one bloke advocated for the removal of escalators altogether.. to encourage more walking.
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