Woman, 69, dies after collapsing on escalator in Hong Kong shopping centre

Incident took place at Sha Tin New Town Plaza’s Phase One

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 September, 2017, 11:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 September, 2017, 11:48am

An elderly woman died after collapsing while riding an escalator inside a Sha Tin shopping centre on Monday.

The incident occurred at Sha Tin New Town Plaza’s Phase One at about 7am, on a narrow escalator connecting the lower ground floor to a bus terminus near Centre Street. The escalator was heading down at the time of the incident.

The 69-year-old victim, surnamed Chan, was sent unconscious to Prince of Wales Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The escalator has been cordoned off for inspection.

Initial information showed the woman had passed out while riding the escalator – there was no indication that she had fallen down the escalator, according to a police spokeswoman.

Police said initial investigation found nothing suspicious, and an autopsy would be carried out.

New Town Plaza’s management service said it was saddened by the incident and extended its condolences to the victim’s family.

A spokesman for the shopping centre, which is owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties, said CCTV footage indicated that the woman may have fainted while riding the escalator.

Staff were alerted, and they accompanied the woman to hospital.

“Preliminary information suggests that the woman did not roll down the escalator and that the escalator was operating well,” the spokesman said.

“[Management services] will fully cooperate with the relevant departments to investigate the matter.”