Published on Jul 17, 2012
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A woman on a motorized scooter fell down an escalator on the MBTA Red line last week. On Friday, the woman was attempting to ride her scooter up a Red Line escalator instead of taking the elevator, but flipped over a couple times and fell down.
CCTV Surveillance cameras showed other passengers and MBTA workers rushing to her aid stopping the escalator. She managed to walk away from the incident with no injuries.
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Shocking surveillance video shows a woman in a motorised wheelchair trying --and ultimately failing -- to scale the height.
The unidentified 56-year-old woman steered her wheelchair to the escalator at the Broadway T stop in Boston, trying to go up the stairs, but is quickly flipped over.
Her chair, roughly 240 pounds, flips on top of her as she struggles to fight the inertia.
Thankfully, the woman was unharmed, thanks in part to the quick thinking of a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority official, who rushed to shut down the escalator.
The surveillance video, released by the MBTA as part of a new security and safety initiative, shows the woman approaching the escalator on her scooter.
As she begins riding, she grabs onto the handrail for support. But when the stairs start to rise, the chair becomes uneven, tipping her over, then completely flipping the chair on top of her.
A man in shorts and a red T-shirt runs down the up escalator to help, flipping her and the chair upright.
But the constant motion of the escalator causes the scooter to again fall to the side, and the woman is lifted halfway up the fight of stairs before an MBTA employee makes an emergency stop of the escalator. Another man rushes to help, and the woman gets to her feet.
She was not seriously injured.
A spokesman for MBTA said there was a working elevator some 50ft away that the woman could have used instead.
The hope is that the new surveillance videos will get aide to those who need it as soon as possible
he MBTA noted that at around 10am Friday, there were not that many riders in the Broadway T station.
The Boston-area transit agency received a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security allowing them to install more security cameras throughout the T.
WHDH reports that the MBTA will use grant money to install and replace thousands of cameras throughout the mass-transit system.
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