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Woman Dead After Falling from Metro Escalator

The incident is reported Tuesday at the Hollywood/Highland Metro Red Line station.

A 64-year-old woman in a wheelchair who fell backward down an escalator at the Hollywood/Highland Metro Red Line station died at the hospital Wednesday, reports KTLA.

Apparently the elevator was out-of-service Tuesday when the woman and her caretaker decided to use the escalator.

A Metro spokesman told KTLA that announcements are made on the train and on the platform whenever an elevator is out of service. Instead of getting back on a train and exiting at the next stop, the woman's caregiver pushed the wheelchair onto the escalator.

A short time later, the escalator reportedly malfunctioned and both women tumbled backward. The woman in the wheelchair suffered head trauma.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which provides law enforcement for Metro, said that it was unclear why the elevator was out of service and is investigating.

It was unclear who is liable in the case or if the caregiver may face any charges, according to the report.

Read the full story on KTLA's website.

george October 19, 2012 at 05:57 PM
The elevator is often out of service, maybe they need a new maintenance contractor. RIP. A very tragic and painful lesson.
Rara Rachel October 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
It is extremely common for the elevators AND escalators to be out at the Hollywood/Highland and Hollywood/Vine stations. This is so sad and unnecessary.
Unconscience October 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I second that, Rara. As a regular train commuter from H/H to 7th St., it does seem exceptionally common for there to be problems with the elevators and escalators and the H/H station. Would be interested to know, if it is public record, what is the cost and reasoning for this phenomenon. Is it vandalism? Is it that extra junk gets dropped into escalator from passengers at this spot? Why not at 7th St.? There never seems to be an escalator broken down, there...
george October 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I just got a pop up for this and a couple other stories, several days after they happened, is there a way you can disable the pop ups after a day or two, it's a little creep that these outdated stories pop up as if they just happened.

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