A wheelchair user plunged 100ft to his death from the top of an escalator he used after getting fed-up of waiting for an elevator.
The unnamed man, who used a motorized chair, is said to have waited for 10-15 seconds after getting of a train at Columbia Heights Metro station in Washington DC. He then opted to take the station’s escalator instead.
According to WJLA, the man was holding the escalator, and had made it to the top of the moving staircase – but his chair toppled at the top before he was able to get off it.
Emergency services rushed the man to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMTA) said the elevator was in use at the time. But social media users have claimed the system suffers frequent outages, and speculated that the man may have been so exasperated by those that he opted to take the escalator instead. Kristin Duquette said: ‘I saw this story too and felt awful.
‘I’m not sure if the elevator was actually out or not, but I have been in those situations where it feels like the elevator is taking forever and you’re in a hurry.
‘Needless to say, again, able-bodied people don’t realize what a privilege it is to take the stairs or escalator as another option if the elevator is taking too long for them.’ And Anthony LaMesa tweeted: ‘Incredibly tragic.
‘This man was likely so inured to #WMATA elevators being broken that he just assumed it would never come.’