Metro to Inspect All 588 Escalators

Saturday, Nov 6, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Metro gets ready to inspect all of its more than 500 escalators a week after a mishap injures six people. Metro riders tell News4's <a title=John Schriffen the extra attention to safety is comforting in the wake of the accident." />

NBC Washington - John Schriffen

Metro gets ready to inspect all of its more than 500 escalators a week after a mishap injures six people. Metro riders tell News4's John Schriffen the extra attention to safety is comforting in the wake of the accident.

advertisement

Following a couple of escalator mishaps in the past week, Metro has decided to inspect all of the escalators in the rail system, Tom Sherwood reported.

An escalator at the L'Enfant Metro Station sped up Saturday, causing a pileup of people at the bottom and injuring several. Metro was setting a ridership record that day thanks to rallies on the Mall by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert when the weight of the crowd caused the escalator motors to shut down. The brakes then failed, causing the escalator to speed up for 18 seconds until a safety sensor shut it down.

An unconfirmed similar incident at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station Wednesday night after the Washington Capitals game also is under investigation.

There are 588 escalators in the Metro system. Inspectors will spend the next few days checking on them.

Click here for a list of escalator outages.


Fan, Follow and Text: Get the latest from NBCWashington.com anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Sign up for our e-mail newsletters and get breaking news delivered right to your mobile phone -- just text DCBREAKING to 622339 to sign up. (Message and data rates may apply.)

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Join the Ride to Conquer Cancer
Join the Ride To Conquer Cancer, Sept. 13... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out