Dozens injured in E. China zoo tumble after escalator halts

09:25, March 27, 2011      

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More than 60 people, mostly primary school students, were injured in an accident Friday when an escalator in a zoo in east China's Jiangsu Province came to a sudden halt, causing people to tumble down the escalator's steps, local authorities said Saturday.

Five students suffered injuries that required hospitalization for further observation, while 56 people suffered minor injures and received treatment before leaving, the Wuxi municipal government said in a statement.

The injuries received by the five students are not life-threatening and all of the students are in stable condition, said a local government official.

Most of the injured were primary school students who were on a spring visit to the zoo, according to the statement.

The students were riding the escalator up a small hill within the zoo when the accident occurred.

All escalators in the zoo have since been turned off and are being inspected.

An investigation into the accident is under way, said the statement.

Source: Xinhua
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