Escalator Malfunction

Escalator breaks, becomes more than stairs:

WASHINGTON – Surveillance video has been released by Metro of an escalator malfunction at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.

The crowds attending the John Stewart and Stephen Colbert event on the National Mall, Oct. 30th, were huge.

In fact, it was the biggest Saturday rider ship in Metro-rail history.

There are three escalators at the L’Enfant Promenade entrance to Metro.

The middle one and the right one were taking people downward that day.

A security camera at the bottom captured these images.

At first both downward escalators are running at normal speed with people strolling off at the bottom.

Then the middle escalator suddenly speeds up with people at first running away from the bottom to clear a path for those behind them.