​Teen Hand Stuck In Metro Escalator After Reaching For Flip Flop

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July 20, 2012

A teen, who is from Canada and visiting the National Mall in Washington, D.C., got his hand stuck in a metro escalator as he was reaching for his flip flop, which took emergency crews 30 minutes to free him.

“The boy, a Canadian tourist who was visiting the Mall with his family, entered the station from the National Mall entrance about 8 p.m. and rode down the escalator,” said Caroline Lukas, a spokeswoman.

Apparently, the boy was wearing flip-flops, and one of them got lodged down at the bottom of the escalator. Then, when he reached to grab it his hand got stuck between the comb and a step.

“The escalator was immediately shut down,” Lukas said. “He remained conscious and alert and was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening,” Lukas added.

FoxDC.com reported that it took fire and rescue crews 40 minutes to free the teen’s four fingers. The unnamed boy was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

This seems to be a common problem on the escalators with summer shoes.

Their website states: “A special note about flip-flops, Crocs and similar footwear. Flip-flops, Crocs and other soft, rubbery footwear can actually sink into the escalator step as you’re riding it. This creates a greater potential for your footwear to go under the comb plate (the yellow teeth at the top and bottom of the escalator). Don’t let this happen to you. If you choose to wear rubbery footwear, be sure to take extra care to step over the comb plate as you get on and off the escalator.”

Last December, an elevator crushed a person to death in the lobby area of a New York City office building. The deceased worked for Young And Rubicam. The city’s Building Department said the elevator suddenly moved upwards as the victim entered the elevator, pinning and crushing her.