DC Metro Escalator Collapses

By Peter DePaolis

Last week, at least two people fell into a hole when several steps of a Metro escalator collapsed at the Foggy Bottom station. One commuter said the victims were able to pull themselves out, and there were no reported injuries. A witness said the hole was approximately three feet deep and surrounded with steel from the overturned stairs.

According to one commuter, the escalator on the right side of the station’s exit was not working. A Metro employee was directing commuters to the operating escalator on the left side. All of a sudden, the bottom two or three steps of the escalator collapsed. Another commuter saw a woman fall on her back in the middle of the wreckage. Others immediately helped her up, and she appeared shaken but not visibly injured.

When asked about the accident, a Metro spokesperson said in an e-mail that maintenance crews are repairing the Foggy Bottom escalators in what will be a yearlong project. Ultimately, workers will replace all three escalators at the station and some escalators may be out of service. However, the e-mail did not acknowledge the accident or any defective equipment.

Thousands of commuters ride the Metro every day. If you or a loved one suffers injuries from defective equipment on the DC Metro, or other defective product a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can help you take legal action. Contact William Lightfoot, a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.