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Close-Up Of Escalators

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Washington, D.C. has just experienced one of the most tragic accidents known to man, when a man in a wheelchair tumbled down a Subway Escalator to his death.

It is reported that the man in the wheelchair was trying to exit the Columbia Heights Metro Station by way of the elevator.  When the Elevator was taking too long, he decided to use the escalator.

METRO SPOKESPERSON SHERRI LY”:   “A review of camera footage revealed the man waited 10 to 15 seconds for the elevator, which was in service at the time, and then diverted to the escalator.”  “Upon reaching the top of the escalator, the man and wheelchair fell backward, landing at the bottom.”

D.C. Emergency Medical Personnel responded and said the man was unconscious when they arrived.  He was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Metro has not released the man’s name, pending notification of next-of-kin.

Washington subway

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