Scary Surveillance Footage of the Day: Washington Metro has released security footage from a major escalator malfunction which occurred on Oct. 30th — the day of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear — when a downward escalator suddenly sped up, resulting several injured riders.
“Initially the reaction was oh good we’re moving faster,” escalator rider Peyton Robertson told Fox 5 News. “Then in about a split second I realized that’s not good. This escalator’s out of control and we were hurtling towards the bottom.”
Metro blamed the incident on “a failure of the braking system to stop when the over-speed safety switch activated.”
*shudder* This is why now, we elevate.
» To put it in perspective: The rally had the highest Saturday ridership ever – passing the record set in June 1991, when a rally was held for Operation Desert Storm. That rally gave Metro around 786,358 trips that day. And assuming the riders went round-trip yesterday, that means 237,719 extra riders were on the Metro yesterday. That doesn’t mean 237,719 extra people – the tally doesn’t account for multiple trips by the same rider – but suffice it to say that the crowd was really huge yesterday. And no, the Beck rally (which also took place on a Saturday) didn’t even rate in the top five (which is what we know you were really wondering).