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Three People Sent to the Hospital After PATH Escalator Malfunctions

Last Updated: 08 January, 2013

A malfunctioning escalator at a commuter rail station in New Jersey sent three people to the hospital yesterday.

On Monday, January 7, commuters were on an ascending escalator in the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City as a part of a normal work day. Around 9:00 a.m. the escalator suddenly stopped and began heading down instead. People panicked with some jumping over the side as the escalator was moving.

Five people were reported to have been hurt in the incident although only three people were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Injuries included scrapes and bruises as well as neck and back pain.

It is unknown at this time why the escalator reversed direction. After the incident, two of the station’s three escalators were shut down. The Exchange Place station had suffered damage during Super Storm Sandy but it is not clear if this malfunction was a residual effect of that damage.

When an injury happens, the long term damage does not always show up right away. If you or a loved one know someone who has been injured because of a malfunctioning device on a public property, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to find out your legal rights.