Metro Escalators Shut Down after Injury to Four-Year-Old Boy

By Peter DePaolis

The Metro board decided to shut down the escalators at the Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle stations for one year so workers can replace them. The decision comes after a Metro escalator accident injured a four-year-old boy earlier this month at the U Street station. The boy got his foot stuck in the escalator and it took the Fire Department Technical Rescue Team six minutes to free him. The boy suffered a sprained toe in the incident.

A spokesperson for the Metro board said replacing the Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle stations is long overdue. The one year shut down will allow workers time to re-build the entire stairwells at both stations. The rehab is part of Metro’s $148 million, six-year repair plan. Metro plans to replace 144 escalators in the six years.

Some riders agree the escalators need replacing, but think Metro should create a plan for riders before taking the escalators out of service. One rider commented that the only options are walking all the stairs or riding an overcrowded elevator.

Contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney if you suffer injuries while using the Metro. Kelly Fisher is an experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis, and she can represent you in a claim against the WMATA for your injuries.

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.