Wrong-Way Escalator Hurts 5 in PATH Station

A very long escalator at the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City lurched into reverse direction during rush hour Monday, injuring five commuters, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

The escalator was carrying commuters up from the platform, about 75 feet below the street, to street level, shortly after 9 a.m. when it stopped, then started heading downward, said Ron Marsico, a Port Authority spokesman.

A video posted to YouTube shows confused and alarmed commuters trying to scramble uphill against the flow and yelling “Stop!”

Mr. Marsico said the injuries were “mostly bumps, bruises, scrapes,” though three people were taken to hospitals. Those hurt included a woman with back and ankle injuries and a woman who was brought out of the station in a wheelchair and neck brace, he said.

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