9 Chinese tourists hurt as ceiling decoration crashes down at Mount Huashan visitor centre

Tourist attraction was packed with day trippers when huge fitting crashed down on people riding escalators

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2018, 2:16pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 June, 2018, 8:35pm

At least nine people were injured at the weekend when a ceiling decoration at a popular tourist attraction in northwestern China collapsed on top of them.

The incident happened about 5.30pm on Saturday in the dining area of the Mount Huashan visitor centre in Weinan, Shaanxi province. The huge decoration came crashing down onto two escalators filled with people, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Video footage showed the terrified tourists trying to jump out of the way of the falling debris, although the speed at which it fell meant few were able to.

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Others are later seen trying to free victims from under the broken decoration, which was estimated to be about 30 square metres in size, the report said.

As of Tuesday morning, six of the nine people hurt had been discharged from hospital, while the three others were being treated for minor injuries, mainland news website Thepaper.cn reported.

A witness was quoted as saying he heard someone scream just moments before the ceiling collapsed.

“There was so much debris,” he said, adding that he was pushed away as people raced to avoid being crushed.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, the report said.

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At 2,154 metres (7,066 feet) Mount Huashan is one of China’s five sacred mountains and has been the setting for many kung fu and martial arts novels.

Over the long weekend, which included the Dragon Boat festival on Monday, the Huashan Scenic Area attracted 462,000 visitors, the Weinan government reported on its website.