A male died in D.C. Wednesday after he attempted to use a Metro hire escalator while sitting in a wheelchair and fell backward, officials say.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was fatally harmed in a Columbia Heights Metro station, Metro orator Dan Stessel said.
He was regulating an electric wheelchair in a Northwest D.C. hire about 1:30 p.m. According to confidence camera footage, he primarily attempted to conduct adult regulating a elevator, Stessel said. The male waited for a conveyor for 10 to 15 seconds and afterwards headed toward a escalator. He gripped a handrails on possibly side.
But as he ascended, he fell back and his wheelchair fell on tip of him.
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The hire manager and several bystanders helped him, though he was critically injured.
“I seen a male laid out. we saw his legs was all bloody unequivocally bad. we saw about 10 people swarming around him,” conspicuous Shaun Stepney, who witnessed a issue of a accident.
Paramedics found him during a bottom of a escalator and rushed him to a sanatorium where he was after conspicuous dead.
Information on a inlet of his injuries was not expelled immediately.
Investigators were on a escalator for hours holding photos and notes. The escalator is during a station’s easterly entrance, between travel turn and a passageway level.
Metro officials conspicuous a conveyor a male attempted to use before a collision was entirely organic and it seemed to be handling routinely hours afterward.
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