Escalator reverses course in London light rail station
A mechanical problem was blamed for an escalator in a London train station that suddenly reversed course and headed downward, the station operator says.
The incident occurred during the evening rush hour Tuesday at the Cutty Sark station on the Docklands Light Railway, which connects the redeveloped Docklands area with central London and areas in the East End, the London Evening Standard reported. Two women were injured.
Riders who were on the escalator described a scary scene as passengers fell over. They said there were no railway staff present at the time.
"People were screaming as they stumbled off, a woman had her coat trapped, another's shoe was trapped and she was injured," Majella Anning told the Standard. "It could have been life-threatening."
Transport for London said two people were on duty at the time, the number required by law. The light railway is a largely automated system.
"We apologize," Rory O'Neill, the DLR director, said. "An escalator apparently developed a mechanical fault. It is out of service while we carry out an investigation."
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