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.
The man, who used an electric wheelchair, was 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, his wheelchair fell backward.
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The hire manager and several bystanders helped him, though he was critically injured. He was rushed to a sanatorium and after conspicuous dead.
Information on a inlet of his injuries was not expelled immediately.
An review is underway. Officers took photos Wednesday dusk of an escalator during a station’s easterly entrance, between travel turn and a passageway level.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, no problems with a conveyor in a hire were listed on Metro’s website.
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