PATH Escalator Malfunction Injures 5 in NJ

An escalator operating in reverse caused commotion, injuries at a Jersey City station.
1:44 | 01/07/13

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In Jersey City five people were hurt when the escalator at exchange place path station. Malfunctioned. Sending passengers piling into one another eyewitness has reported ten Max Evans live badgers to save with the latest -- -- And Laurie two of the three escalators here at the Jersey City exchange place station. Are shut down for -- -- right now after that malfunctioned this morning five people had sustained nonlife threatening injuries after the escalator that they were riding up. Abruptly change directions and started heading down. A commuter shot video on his phone at the commotion. That -- soon -- an escalator carrying dozens of rush hour path commuters up to the street level at exchange place. Suddenly began rolling backward. Uncertainty. And I think people packed them come from to do it. You can picture the stringent than an even trying. Yet. Some people jumped off the escalator and flown to the sides of the stairwell while others frantically moved their feet faster as the backward motion picked up speed. Others topped over the divider to be -- They're going down as everybody tried to avoid being trampled at the bottom. Repair crews are working on two of the three escalators and many commuters say from now on they'll take the stairs. You can. Income from -- -- -- And again five people sustained nonlife threatening injuries after that escalator abruptly changed direction we understand they were treated. At local hospitals but again the injuries. We're not considered serious turn out at the latest live from Jersey City on -- next -- channel seven Eyewitness News.

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