Ngau Tau Kok MTR Station in Kowloon. Photo: Asia Times

Three men and six women were injured in an escalator accident in Ngau Tau Kok MTR Station in Kowloon during rush hour on Thursday morning. At about 9 am, when commuters were taking an escalator from the platform down to the concourse, a metal strip near the panel of the escalator was found to be sticking out, Apple Daily reported.

An MTR staff member stopped the escalator immediately after arriving at the scene. A total of nine commuters suffered leg injuries, mainly scratches, and were sent to the United Christian Hospital for treatment. Rail services on the Kwun Tong Line were not affected.

Alan Cheng, the operations chief of the railway company, said a contractor had carried out regular maintenance work on Wednesday evening, and MTR staff also found no problem with the escalator during an inspection earlier on Thursday morning. The accident happened on one of three escalators at the station.

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