Escalator 'sinks-in' at Grand Central Terminal

May 15, 2009 10:42:37 AM PDT
At least one person was injured when an escalator sank in a passageway running from Grand Central Terminal to Park Avenue.This must have been quite a jolt for the commuters trying to get to work early this morning.

The accident happened in the passageway that leads right into Grand Central Terminal -- without any warning.

The twisted, mangled medal buckled underneath commuters as they were exiting at 47th Street and Madison Avenue.

The freak accident jarred the moving staircase before it came to a screeching halt.

Commuters say there have been problems with the escalator in the past -- but nothing quite this scary.

"That's a real safety problem and you have to wonder about the fact it's a single use escalator?.a lot of extra wear-and-tear going both ways?it breaks down all the time,"

The escalator, built 10 years ago, is operated by Metro North.

The location of this elevator leads straight into Grand Central Terminal.

Fortunately, only one person suffered minor injuries.

"I think it's incredibly fortunate?that escalator really torn apart,"

The one victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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